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First MEMA Cottage delivered to Yazoo Co. tornado victim

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - For families whose homes were destroyed in the April 24th tornado and can not afford to rebuild there is an affordable way to start over.  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is offering housing at low prices to storm victims.

This is what remains of Eddie Ketchum's home in Yazoo County.  While he sought shelter at a restaurant in Yazoo City, the trailer was severely damaged by the tornado.

"A tree came though the front of it like a front window and the door came open and blew everything outside.  I lost all my timber and stuff around this place," said Ketchum.

In the next few days, after workers complete the finishing touches, Ketchum will move into a new one bedroom home.  "It looks like a million dollar mansion to me," smiled Katchum.

It is a Mississippi Cottage, the first one delivered by MEMA since the deadly storm.

"These cottages are originally produced for victims in Katrina.  It was a pilot program looking for solutions to disaster housing.  What we ended up creating were these Mississippi Cottages," said MEMA Spokesperson Jeff Rent.

The refurbished cottages from the Gulf Coast are sold to tornado victims at a price based on their income.  One bedroom units start at just $351 and two bedroom units begin at $567.

"They are only being given to those people or sold to those people who have a financial need and are not being able to rebuild permanently.  So, they didn't have insurance to cover their losses.  It's going to fulfill a great need we think," said Rent.

Helping people like Mr. Ketchum who are just trying to get back on their feet after the storm.

The Mississippi cottage program is available to eligible tornado survivors in all disaster declared counties.  For more information register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

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