Gov. Reeves unveils new programs to assist during pandemic

Gov. Reeves unveils new programs to assist during pandemic
Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday that Mississippi schools will remain closed for the rest of the semester. (Source: WLOX)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves again hosted his daily briefing on COVID-19 Wednesday.

Reeves said we can “see the finish line” but need to continue to push through before re-opening the state.

“We will reopen our economy soon. We have to,” he said.

Reeves discussed some program that will be launched for those at risk of those losing their home. The program will be for anyone at risk of losing their home because of the coronavirus. It will help pay for a mortgage that may not be caught up on because of the virus. Go to mshomesaver.com to apply.

It’s a program of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and it first allocated funds to Mississippi in 2010. The state has used the funds to stabilize local housing markets and help families avoid foreclosures. The program targets assistance toward unemployed homeowners or underemployed homeowners and those with homes that are worth less than their value of their mortgages.

“I saw firsthand the homes that were lost to the tornadoes this weekend. It breaks my heart. There are more who are at risk of losing their homes to our nation’s economic crisis. We can’t stop the wind from blowing, but we can try to stop more from losing these homes,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

Another program will allow essential workers to get childcare. Emergency childcare sites will be opened to help parents. Applications for the program will open on April 21. For those who would like to operate childcare temporarily for these people, click here.

The program is run by Mississippi Department of Health and Mississippi Department of Human Services.

“We have emergency and essential personnel risking their health and wellbeing every day to continue to provide the care and support we need to sustain our daily lives,” MDHS Executive Direct Robert G. “Bob” Anderson said. “They should not have the additional burden of finding both care and education for their children.”

Click here for a list of currently licensed childcare providers.

“We want this CCAIR idea to make it one less thing they have to think about...that they have emergency childcare opportunities available to them if their traditional childcare center is no longer operating,” said Anderson.

“Anyone..churches, businesses, non-profits or individuals who has the capacity to operate according to the guidelines can offer to open one of these emergency childcare sites,” said Reeves.

For more information on CCAIR, as well as what steps that must be taken before being considered for certification as a CCAIR site, you can go to this site.

Gov. Reeves unveils new programs to assist during pandemic

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