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Disaster food stamp distribution moves to convention center

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Storm victims in Harrison County have a new place to apply for disaster food stamps: the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. Storm victims in Harrison County have a new place to apply for disaster food stamps: the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Storm victims in Harrison County have a new place to apply for disaster food stamps: the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi.

After the Department of Human Services office in Gulfport was swamped with applicants Thursday morning, the decision was made to move to a bigger location with more parking.

WLOX News received a number of complaints about traffic in that area Thursday morning. Some cars parked illegally along Seaway Road were even towed away.

"We moved because we knew the traffic back up was not good for the community and we were not serving the people we were trying to serve," John Davis with DHS said. "We have a lot more parking spaces and it allows our workers to spread out and it also gives comfort to the clients as well."

Those standing in the long lines seeking assistance seemed to appreciate it.

"A lot of people just don't have to sit there a long time and wait. They can just come together," Earlisha Hall said. "It's a big space. People don't have to be all bundled up, so they're moving real fast."

Anyone applying for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or DSNAP, must bring id, proof of income and social security numbers for everyone in the household. They also have to have lived in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac.

In Hancock, Jackson and Pearl River counties, the disaster food stamps will continue to be issued at DHS offices. (See locations below)

Current food stamp recipients could be eligible for replacement food stamps if they sustained damage to their homes or lost food.  DHS officials say recipients must meet certain criteria and sign an affidavit stating the qualifications for emergency replacement food stamps.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (New Harrison County DSNAP Location)
2350 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, MS 39531

Hancock County DHS
3066 Longfellow Drive
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Jackson County DHS
5343 Jefferson Street
Moss Point, MS 39563

Pearl River County DHS
153 Savannah Millard Rd, Ste C
Poplarville, MS 39470

Disaster SNAP Income Limits
1 - $2,221
2 - $2,900
3 - $3,338
4 - $3,937
5 - $4,340
6 - $4,854
7 - $5,224
8 - $5,595

To determine the household's monthly income, the net income (take-home pay) from wages or self-employment, assistance payments and other unearned income, such as Social Security or child support, that a household receives will be added to cash on hand and other accessible funds (such as money in checking and savings accounts).  Compare your monthly income and household size to the income limits.

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