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MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Mississippi Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Mississippi Festivals and Fun Times:

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SBA Loan Guaranty Workshop December 15 – Gulfport, MS

Small Business Financing
A Free Workshop from the SBA’s Gulfport Branch Office

December 15, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hancock Bank Plaza
2510 14th St. Suite 103
Gulfport, MS 39501

A detailed overview and discussion of SBA Loan Guaranty Programs and commercial financing programs including what you as a small business should prepare for when seeking commercial lending. Topics discussed include: Credit Criteria, Preparing a Loan Application, Credit Factors, Determining your financing needs, Alternative Financing, What a lender looks for and the next step in accessing capital as a small business.

This workshop will better prepare you and your business when approaching commercial lenders. To register, email Lance Foster at lance.foster@sba.gov or call (228) 863-4449 Ext. 222 or Derek Eady at derek.eady@sba.gov or call (228) 863-4449 Ext. 223

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR:

NAME
PHONE NUMBER
EMAIL ADDRESS
DATE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR

After completing this workshop participants:

Understand the SBA loan process
Understand the different types of SBA loans
Prepare a solid loan package
Identify what banks look for in an applicant
Basic finance curriculum
Determine eligibility for SBA programs
Updates on the Veterans Advantage Program

Gulfport Branch Office Workshops can be found online at: www.sba.gov/events

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

POSTED 12-01-16
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Mississippi School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/map?ShowList=1

Program Contact Information
For information on the Mississippi School Breakfast Program please visit: http://www.cn.mde.k12.ms.us/support/faqs/default.htm
And for the School Lunch Program, please visit: http://www.cn.mde.k12.ms.us/support/faqs/default.htm#nslp
If you have further questions on these programs, please contact the Mississippi Office of Child Nutrition at: 601-354-7014
You can also contact your child’s school to find out what meals are served and how to apply for free or reduced price school meals.

Updated 10-08-13

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Mississippi Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov

Program Description
The Special Milk Program is designed to encourage fluid milk consumption by selling milk to students at the lowest possible price and serving milk free to students determined to be eligible. This program is not available to schools participating in the National School Breakfast or Lunch Programs. The Special Milk Program is restricted to children who do not have available any other Child Nutrition Programs. The subsidy for milk is determined annually and is a set reimbursement rate. The school district must cover the cost not covered by the reimbursement. This may include the cost of labor to handle the milk storage, equipment depreciation, paper supplies, and other overhead. School districts interested in this program may call the Office of Child Nutrition for the current regulations and funding rates.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk Program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency, Child Nutrition Programs, manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:
http://www.healthyschoolsms.org/nutrition_services/smp.htm

Program Contact Information
To visit the Mississippi Special Milk Program on the web, please go to: http://www.cn.mde.k12.ms.us/cnprogs/spmk/default.htm
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.
For more information, please call the Department of Education Food and Nutrition Service office toll-free at: 1-800-366-8922

Updated 09-03-13

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Mississippi Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all Mississippi children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, SFSP reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and school vacation periods.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service Program, contact your state’s child nutrition program office. Contact information for your state can be found here:
http://www.healthyschoolsms.org/nutrition_services/sfsp.htm

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Mississippi SFSP, please visit: http://www.cn.mde.k12.ms.us/support/faqs/default.htm#sf
If you have further questions, please contact the Mississippi Office of Child Nutrition: 601-354-7015

Updated 08-08-13

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The Arc of Southeast Mississippi

Provides support to Mississippians with disabilities and their families through a variety of after school programs, respite care and recreational activities.

GO TO: http://www.hattiesburgarc.com/index.html

Posted 12-28-12

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Mississippi Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov

Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to improve the conditions of eligible low-income clients’ homes. The program is designed to reduce home heating and cooling costs by improving energy efficiency and ensuring health and safety. Priority is given to low-income elderly and disabled individuals.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $13,963
2 $18,913
3 $23,863
4 $28,813
5 $33,763
6 $38,713
7 $43,663
8 $48,613
*For households with more than eight people, add $4,950 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Applications are taken at Community Action Agencies or Human Resource Agencies. All 82 counties have application sites where clients can apply. If you do not know your local agency, you may call the Community Services Line toll-free number at 1-800-421-0762 or local at 601-359-4768.

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/cs_info.html#eba

Updated 06-12-12

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Mississippi Health Benefits (CHIP)
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov

Program Description
Through Mississippi Health Benefits, there are two health insurance options that cover children: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. CHIP is a free/low cost private health plan for children in families meeting family size/income requirements. This program covers eligible children to their 19th birthday. Families are urged to apply to see if their children are eligible for either the CHIP or the Medicaid program.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for CHIP, a child must be a resident of Mississippi, under age 19, not covered by other insurance, and a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for CHIP, please download and complete the following PDF application:
http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/ApplicationForms/MHB-ChipApp.pdf

You may also request an application by calling 1-800-421-2408.

Applications for Mississippi Health Benefits are also available by mail, but an in-person interview is required as part of the application process.

Mail or bring the completed application form to the Human Services Office in the county where the applicant lives:
http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/RegionalOffices.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Mississippi Health Benefits, please visit our website: http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/Eligibility.aspx

Updated 05-06-12

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Mississippi Head Start
Managing Agency Mississippi http://www.mississippi.gov
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
Program Contact Information
For more information on the Mississippi Department of Education, please call at: 601-359-3513
Or visit our website at: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/

Posted 04-09-12

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Program Description
LIHEAP provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of home energy bills and other energy related
services. Benefits vary depending on the intensity level and are based on the rating tool. Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP
assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, liquid petroleum
propane/butane gas, and other energy related services. The allocation of funds to subgrantees is based on the percentage of poor
households in each county compared with the state’s poverty level according to the current census data.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, you must not exceed $13,538 if one
person lives in the household; $18,213 if two people live in the household; $27,465 if three people live in the household; $22,888 if
four people live in the household; $32,238 if five people live in the household; $36,913 if six people live in the household; $41,588 if
seven people live in the household; and $46,263 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $5,610 for each
additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
Applications are received by the Community Action Agencies or Human Resource Agencies. All (82) counties have application sites
where clients can apply. If you do not know your local agency, you may call the Community Services Line toll-free number, 1-800-
421-0762/local, (601) 359-4768.

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit:
www.mdhs.state.ms.us/cs_info.html

Managing Agency
Mississippi
http://www.mississippi.gov

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Program Description
The Mississippi Food Stamp Program provides monthly benefits that help low income households buy the food they need for good
health. Eligibility criteria, income and resource limits and allotment maximums per household size are set by Federal laws and
regulations governing the Food Stamps Program under USDA. A person who meets one of the following criteria may qualify for food
stamps:
1. Work for low wages.
2. Unemployed or work part-time.
3. Receive TANF, SSI or other assistance payments.
4. Elderly or disabled and live on a small income.
Additional eligibility requirements exist. You will need to work with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Economic
Assistance Office to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. To apply for benefits, you must submit an application to your
local county Department of Human Services Economic Assistance office. After an application is received, an eligibility worker will
hold an interview with you, another member of the household, or a household’s authorized representative to gather information and
explain the Food Stamp Program. After all required verifications are completed, the household will be notified by mail whether or not
they are eligible, and, if so, their benefit amount, certification period and issuance procedure. If you qualify for food stamps, the
household will receive the food stamps no later than 30 days from the date the office receives the application. Households with very
low income and resources may qualify for expedited services receive benefits within seven calendar days.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi and fall into one of two groups: (1)
those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings
and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13284 if one person lives in the household; $17808 if two people live in the household; $22332 if three people live in the household;
$26856 if four people live in the household; $31380 if five people live in the household; $35904 if six people live in the household;
$40428 if seven people live in the household; or $44952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
Information, Questions or Concerns about Division of Economic Assistance programs.
Please call us at:
800-948-3050

Or send us an email at:
zrobinson@mdhs.state.ms.us

You may obtain an application on our Web site at:
http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/ea_application.pdf

Please be aware other information may be needed, as well as an in office interview to complete the application process. This
application is only the first step.

Managing Agency
Mississippi
http://www.mississippi.gov

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Program Description
The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant,
breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully
eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have
certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, pregnant, breastfeeding and
postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition
risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family
members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/19,0,166.html

Program Contact Information
Please see the following Web Site for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

For more information on Mississippi WIC, please visit the Mississippi State Department of Health (DoH) at:
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/41,0,128.html

If you have questions about the WIC program call the Mississippi DoH at:
800-721-7222

Managing Agency
Mississippi
http://www.mississippi.gov

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Program Description
Mississippi Medicaid is a health care program that helps pay for medical services for low-income people. For those eligible for full
Medicaid services, Medicaid is paid to providers of health care. Providers are doctors, hospitals and pharmacists who take
Medicaid.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Mississippi, a US national, citizen, permanent
resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income
or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19, blind,
have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Mississippi Medicaid, please visit the state Division of Medicaid website:

Home

You can also call the toll free number for the Division of Medicaid:
800-421-2408

Applications for Medicaid for individuals who are aged or disabled may be filed at the Medicaid Regional Office that serves the
county where the individual lives or the county where the individual resides in a nursing facility. To see a list of state regional offices,
click to:

http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/RegionalOffices.aspx

Managing Agency
Mississippi
http://www.mississippi.gov

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New Appalachian Driving Tours Map Announced

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and National Geographic Society have announced the release of the completion of the
new Appalachian Driving Tours Map. Commissioned by ARC, the map features 28 unique driving trails of the Appalachian Region
that lead to a broad array of historical, archeological, cultural, and scenic sites.

Map readers are encouraged to “Visit Appalachia” through a newly-developed, consumer-oriented online companion piece at . The site’s content will feature an interactive version of the 28 driving tours featured on the map, a
downloadable PDF of the map, Google map features to help travelers plan their next driving vacation to Appalachia, and links to the
13 Appalachian State Tourism offices for additional information.

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Tune In Mississippi – Mississippi’s Online Radio Station

While you’re visiting the Mississippi Tourism website, be sure to click the Mississippi Music button so you can listen to “Tune In
Mississippi” – our online radio station that’s on the web 24 hours a day. The “Tune In Mississippi” web radio station features music
by Mississippians or about Mississippi, with a great lineup of programming and more to come in the near future. It’s just another way
for you to experience the birthplace of America’s music while you’re on the web.

Wi-Fi Now Available at Selected Mississippi Welcome Centers

Wi-Fi service is now available at the Mississippi Welcome Centers in Hancock, Lauderdale and DeSoto counties. Now you can catch
up on work when you stop at one of these three Welcome Centers. While you’re here, you’ll also appreciate the neatly manicured
grounds featuring picnic tables and grills, telephones, recreational vehicle waste disposal facilities, 24-hour security, restrooms and
weather information. Motorcoach parking is available, as well as complimentary refreshments. The Welcome Center staff stands
ready to answer any questions you have, and they can even help you make lodging reservations in Mississippi. Regular hours at all
Welcome Centers are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Discover Mississippi’s 21 Certified Retirement Cities

Hometown Mississippi Retirement is proud to present 21 Certified Retirement Cities – the best hometowns for retirement living in
the state. To qualify as a Certified Retirement City, each town must pass through a three-month intensive screening process
conducted by Hometown Mississippi Retirement, the state’s official retiree attraction program. Cities are evaluated on the criteria
important to retirees including affordable cost of living, low taxes, low crime rate, quality medical care, recreation, educational and
cultural opportunities, and most importantly, a warm, welcoming community.

Our 21 Certified Retirement Cities throughout the state offer a variety of lifestyles. You can choose from quaint towns or settle in a
more metropolitan area. A number of our cities are home to universities, and all are served by community colleges. History lives in
antebellum architecture, and retired military enjoy privileges at the five major military installations in the state. No matter what
terrain you choose – rolling hills, flatlands, lush forested areas, or the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico – a mild four-season climate
lets you enjoy the outdoors year-round. For complete information and details about each of the 21 Certified Retirement Cities, log on
to:

VisitMississippi.org Helps You Plan Your Trip Quickly

The best place to find all of the updated information about events, activities and attractions in Mississippi is by going to our website,
. While you’re there you can even order your eTour Guide. To get details about events all across
the state, be sure to click on “Events” at the top of the home page.

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