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Catherine Street Apartment Evictions Paused For Last Time

The Oktibbeha County Chancery Court has given residents like Elecia Brooks one last reprieve from eviction, a move activists hope will give them enough time to secure affordable housing. But larger problems in Mississippi’s housing market loom over the paused evictions.

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CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium For Every Mississippi County as Delta Variant Surges

The Centers for Disease Control issued a last minute eviction moratorium Tuesday evening, temporarily staving off an immense surge in evictions in the middle of one of the worst waves of coronavirus the U.S. has seen thus far. While the moratorium is targeted only at areas of “substantial or high spread” of the virus, Mississippi’s dangerously climbing infections have put every county in the state in one of those categories, firmly halting all evictions until transmission declines precipitously and remains low, or until Oct. 3.

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In Mississippi, Research Shows Economic and Racial Justice Begins with Affordable Housing

Across Mississippi, more than 41 percent of all renters are cost-burdened, defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as paying more than 30 percent of household income toward housing costs and, as a result, having “difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.” More than one out of every five renter households in Mississippi is extremely cost-burdened, defined as paying more than 50 percent of household income toward housing costs.

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