MDHS receives $24 million for rent/mortgage assistance and LIHEAP

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has received more than $24 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Office of Community Services within the Administration for Children and Families awarded the funding in two separate grants, one being a $9,200,678 grant for the Low-Range Home Energy Assistance Program. income (LIHEAP), which can be used to help pay household energy costs such as electricity and gas bills. Households can also apply for regular LIHEAP funds to purchase or repair air conditioners, heaters, and fans.

MDHS also received more than $15 million in CARES Act Community Services Block Grants to help households with rent, mortgage, employment, and education expenses.

People can contact their local Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resources Agency (HRA) to request both types of assistance. A list of these agencies is posted on the MDHS website at Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis. CAAs/HRAs are encouraged to work with other state and local agencies to provide maximum coordination of household services through referrals.

People who have never received services can submit a pre-application through the Virtual ROMA website at This site is available nationwide, but services and funds are restricted to residents of Mississippi.