Applications being accepted for Katrina housing repair grant

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippians still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina are already lining up to apply for new federal housing assistance.

The $132 million in grant money was announced Monday by Housing and Urban Development officials and Governor Haley Barbour. According to state officials, as many as 5,000 Mississippians may qualify for some financial assistance, but you must meet certain guidelines.

  • You must have owned and occupied your home at the time of Katrina.
  • You must currently own your home.
  • You must have unrepaired Katrina related damage to a single family home.
  • No new construction.
  • Home must be in an eligible county: Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Lamar, George, Stone, Forrest, Jones.

Applications are due by January 31, 2011 and may be filed at one of the following Neighborhood Home Program Outreach Centers:

Forrest County

Forrest County Multipurpose Center
962 Sullivan Rd.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-2714
601- 544-5115

Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi (R3SM)
1715 Hardy St, Suite 40
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

George County

LESM Lucedale, George County
52 Virginia St.
Lucedale, MS 39452

Hancock County

Hancock Resource Center
454 Highway 90, Suite B
Waveland, MS 39576

Harrison County

IRD Housing Resource Center of Harrison County
1223 30th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501

Hope Community Development Agency
425 Division Street
Biloxi, MS 39530

Jackson County

IRD Housing Resource Center of Jackson County
4836 Main Street
Moss Point, MS 39563

Jones County

The Magnolia Center
1457 Ellisville Blvd.
Laurel, MS 39440-5417

Lamar County

Lamar County Multipurpose Center
43 Central Industrial Row
Purvis, MS 39475

Pearl River County

LESM Picayune, Pearl River County
1421 Goodyear Blvd.
Picayune, MS 39466

Stone County

H.A Brown UMC
200 N. Azalea Drive (Hwy 49)
Wiggins, MS 39577

Again, the application deadline is January 31, 2011. Homeowners, including the elderly and disabled, must meet low income guidelines. All applicants must meet State and Federal guidelines and pass an environmental review. Applicants must also pass a review of previously received Katrina funds and show a need to participate in the program.

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