Hundreds face eviction from Katrina cottages

LAKESHORE, Miss. (AP) - Hundreds of people who have been living in Mississippi-owned cottages since Hurricane Katrina are now under pressure to buy the homes or move out.

The BP oil spill has made things a lot worse for many of the 800 or so households living in the roughly 400-square-foot cottages.

Some of the cottage dwellers have lost their jobs because of the spill or haven't been able to get hired because of the economic fallout from the disaster.

State officials had hoped to end the cottage program by Aug. 29, the fifth anniversary of the storm. But they now are saying the process of evicting the residents will take a couple of more months.

The cottage dwellers live in the structures for free, paying utilities and rent only for the lots - or paying no rent if they own the lots.

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