New program launches for renters, landlords struggling due to COVID-19

Mississippi Rental Assistance Grant Program will help renters stay in their homes while dealing with job and income losses

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Development Authority on Oct. 22 began accepting applications for the Mississippi Rental Assistance Grant Program (MRAP). The Mississippi Apartment Association (MAA) and the Mississippi Association of Affordable Housing Providers (MAAHP) encourage landlords with tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to Covid-19 to apply for the program.

MRAP was created by the Mississippi Legislature to help renters and rental properties deal with the economic fallout of Covid-19. The program will cover rent going back to March for tenants who have been unable to pay because they lost their job or have reduced income due to Covid-19. Landlords are eligible for up to $30,000 and must credit grant funds to their tenants’ past due rents. Renters cannot apply directly for this program and should contact their landlords about applying on their behalf. Both small and large landlords can apply for the program.

Landlords should visit www.mississippi.org/mrap to learn more about the program and apply. The application deadline is November 15th.

“Mississippi businesses and residents have been greatly impacted by Covid-19.  MRAP will provide much-needed relief to renters and landlords,” said Meghan Elder, MAA Association Executive.

“MRAP is a win-win for renters and landlords: Landlords get to recover unpaid rent and renters can stay safely housed,” said John Sullivan, State and Local Policy Director for Enterprise Community Partners and President of MAAHP. “We encourage landlords to apply as soon as possible.”

Together, MAA and MAAHP represent a significant portion of the rental property owners serving the state’s 350,000 renter households.

October 22, 2020 / by / in
Some significant tinkering going on under the hood

We’re updating the site and our print edition for the next edition of Rent List magazine of Northeast Mississippi, and while we’re at it we’re making some significant changes under the hood of our website, so to speak. We’ve installed new SEO software and have been completely updating each listing. You may not see the changes, but search engines will. Also, we’ve made a big adjustment on our server to significantly speed up our website and improve listing and search load times.

This is probably a lot of info no one really cares about (except the properties listed on our site, of course), but we just wanted to share the details of what’s going on behind the scenes here. We are not one of the big national listing outfits (which is really pretty much just a couple or three companies that own the big domains and have the same info across each site) and don’t have their resources. Of course we’re not spending our money on has-been actors in cheesy commercials, either, but that’s a rant for another post. Anyway, just know we may be small, but we’re doing everything we can to provide the best, most personal listing information to you, the renter, in the part of the country we know better than anyone else.

February 3, 2018 / by / in
We’re working on our map loading; it has a bug and we’re trying to find it

So, the search map on our website seems to have a mind of its own. It wants so desperately to show you all of the great listings on our website that it can’t seem to grasp the fact that if you’re searching in Tupelo that maybe, just maybe, you aren’t interested in what’s listed in Oxford. Yeah, it’s a bug of some sort and we’re working to find the problem and get it fixed. We hope to have a report soon that we’ve found the bug, squashed it, cleaned it up and made the map (and the end-user experience) happy again.

July 20, 2017 / by / in
The world’s most expensive apartment

They say you get what you pay for, but this is, wow. We might have to count our loose change to see if we can cover this one. Take a look at this story from Forbes on a $335 million, 31,500-square-foot apartment. It’s in Monaco, not Tupelo, and that’s probably a good thing. That might not exactly fit the market around here. But, just for fun, take a look at what a cool $335 mil will get you.

Fortunately, the living around here is a little more on the affordable side. Take a look through our website to see some rental rates that will not leave you with major indigestion.

July 16, 2017 / by / in