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Affordable housing remains a challenge

Adequate housing remains one of the big challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. However several recent announcements give us hope that more south Mississippi residents will have a place to call home.

First Habitat for Humanity, MEMA, and Pacagoula have a plan to modify existing Mississippi cottages and provide twelve hundred square feet of living space. This concept, which Pascagoula was the first to try, allows the temporary cottages to be transformed into a permanent housing solution. The best part of this plan is that it can be done at a reasonable cost. And, it is something we think all cities should take a look at.

Secondly, we were glad to hear that more 250 first responders, teachers and other municipal workers on the coast have qualified to receive up to 40,000 dollars for a down payment on a home through the REACH Program.

Now these public servants will be able to afford a permanent place to live. We often hear that many folks cannot move back because there is not adequate, affordable housing in our area. We think both of these announcements will help make a difference in our housing needs in South Mississippi.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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