- State Data Overview
Across Mississippi, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts117,920Or33%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-52,513Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$30,977Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.67%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
- Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$3,000,000HTF State Resources
HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
HTF Timeline (PDF)
HTF Priority Areas Map (PDF)
2016 HTF Project Awards (PDF)11 MB
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
Mississippi Home Corporation has announced RAMP—a program to provide rental assistance to eligible Mississippians in need. MHC will be partnering with MUTEH, Inc., Central MS Continuum of Care, and the Open Doors Homeless Coalition to administer the nearly $8 million program for the State of Mississippi to carry out Emergency Solutions Grant activities authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). https://tinyurl.com/ycfp2daj, https://tinyurl.com/ycnj93p5
Updated on June 28, 2020.
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
The Mississippi Home Corporation will distribute approximately $8 million for rental assistance and emergency housing relief. The agency will partner with several aid agencies, including the Central Mississippi Continuum of Care, the Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and the Mississippi United to End Homelessness.
Updated on July 13, 2020.
The Mississippi Home Corporation launched the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program (RAMP), which will partner with several organizations to administer nearly $8 million in Emergency Solutions Grants-CV (ESG-CV). RAMP will provide homeless prevention services, including short-term rental assistance, rental arrears, and housing stability case management.
Updated on June 29, 2020.
The Mississippi Center for Justice filed an emergency motion with the Mississippi Supreme Court to halt evictions until July 27 in an effort to prevent an expected and unprecedented rise in evictions and homelessness due to the pandemic.
No information at this time.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
The Governor’s order to suspend all residential evictions through the duration of shelter in place order expired May 31. Eviction cases are being conducted remotely and in person.
Updated: August 1
In the third week of July, 34% of adults in Mississippi reported they had missed their previous housing payment and/or had little confidence they would make their next one, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 181,760 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment. According to this Census survey, which has published weekly data since late April, Mississippi had the highest recorded housing insecurity in the nation for 6 of the 12 weeks data was collected, as well as the highest reported housing insecurity overall: 46.4% in Week 3 (May 14-19).
Tupelo In a July 16 meeting of the Tupelo Homeless Task Force, the director of the Mississippi Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) warned that with the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium and unemployment benefits, they will likely see a new wave of Mississipians experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. In preparation, members of local and state homelessness advocacy organizations are planning to hold a Homelessness 101 class on July 30 to orient nonprofit community partners to the growing crisis. July 23
Updated: July 29
According to a weekly survey by the Census, 38% adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment – MS has one of the highest rates in the country.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb