On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the state had received $24 million in federal grant funds to assist people struggling to make rent or utility payments.
$9.2 million of the grant money was awarded for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help residents pay for home energy resources like gas and electric.
An extra $15 million is allotted for rent, mortgage, employment and educational experience.
“The goal of MDHS is to serve as many non-traditional clients as possible, who are mainly the households that have been directly or directly impacted due to COVID-19. These funds will allow us to make sure our most vulnerable clients receive help when they need it.”
A list of the agencies that are eligible for this grant money is posted on the MDHS website at https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/community-services/. Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
Individuals who have never received services may submit a pre-application at https://virtualroma.mdhs.ms.gov.