Up to $75k available for home repairs, but deadline coming fast

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - For case managers at International Relief and Development (IRD) in Gulfport, the push is on to get people in the door and signed up for the Neighborhood Home Program.

"After January 31st, there's no turning back. This is it. This is the deadline," said Annette Zeiderman with IRD.

The Neighborhood Home Program first rolled out in November. The program is supported by federal dollars under the Department of Housing and Urban Development and overseen by the Mississippi Development Authority.

People can receive up to $75,000 to help repair their hurricane-damaged homes. The program is targeting low to moderate income homeowners, especially the elderly and the disabled. The initial application process takes about ten minutes.

"This is the last money that will be coming down to assist those who have unmet needs from Hurricane Katrina, so we're encouraging as many people to register as possible," Zeiderman said.

People like Sylvia Allen of Gulfport wasted no time signing up. She said her roof leaks and she needs major repair work done on her living room and the back of her house.

"It's been a very tough road. I've been trying to get some help for this house since 2005," Zeiderman said.

IRD is one of the places accepting applications for the program, and workers say the response has been huge. Zeiderman said IRD is willing to do whatever it takes to get people signed up before the deadline passes.

"We will do a home visit and complete applications with those who are shut-ins at their home," Zeiderman said.

The program is also open to South Mississippi residents who live beyond the six lower counties like Jones, Forrest and Lamar. Here's a complete list of places where you can apply in person:

Forrest County
2103 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 544-5115

George County
LESM Lucedale, George County
52 Virginia St.
Lucedale, MS 39452
(228) 990-3941

Hancock County
Hancock Resource Center
454 Highway 90, Suite B
Waveland, MS 39576
(228) 463-8887

Harrison County
IRD Housing Resource Center of Harrison County
1223 30th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501
(228) 864-6677

Hope Community Development Agency
425 Division Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 435-7180

Jackson County
IRD Housing Resource Center of Jackson County
4836 Main Street
Moss Point, MS 39563
(228) 474-0070

Jones County
Sawmill Square Mall
(Located in the Mall Court beside Belk Department Store)
910 Sawmill Road
Laurel, MS 39440
(601) 544-5115

Lamar County
16 Office Park Drive, Suite 3
(Off Hwy 98 West at Hegwood Drive, behind Petro Motors and across from Anderson's Floor Center)
Oak Grove, MS 39402
(601) 544-5115

Pearl River County
LESM Picayune, Pearl River County
1421 Goodyear Blvd.
Picayune, MS 39466
(228) 234-7776

Stone County
H.A Brown UMC
200 N. Azalea Drive (Hwy 49)
Wiggins, MS 39577
(601) 946-4334

You can also learn more by visiting the Mississippi Development Authority's website,

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