Legislative committee to discuss housing shortage

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The new state Senate Housing Committee

will spend Monday visiting organizations that help Mississippi

Delta residents find affordable housing.

Sen. Robert Jackson of Marks says affordable housing has been a

crisis for decades in the Delta. Jackson and other members of the

housing committee will hold a hearing at the Greenville Higher

Education Center Monday night to discuss solutions to the crisis.

The 2000 U.S. Census data shows nearly one in three Washington

County households spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on


The Mississippi Senate created a housing committee this year and

one of its first moves is to tour the Delta and hold a hearing.

Jackson says he hopes the hearing and tour will help the committee

come up with something dramatic that will address the housing



Information from: Delta Democrat Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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