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New Homes Give New Hope to Pascagoula Families

Since Katrina, the lack of housing has been a huge problem for residents of Pascagoula. Nearly 4,000 travel trailers now stand where homes once were. Monday, the city unveiled a brand new development plan that will help more residents move out of that temporary housing.

"It's an important day for the city of Pascagoula. Some of the southern part of the city, which is an older part of the city, was just decimated," Mayor Matthew Avara said.  

Mayor Avara announced a new development in Chipley Point, where 300 homes will be built.   

"We want to get our people back out of these FEMA trailers and get them back in their homes and provide that first time homeowners assistance program," Avara said.   

While the homes will provide a new place for many families to live, not all neighborhood residents are sold on the idea. Victor Williams has lived in the Chipley neighborhood for five years. He's interested in the project, but doesn't plan on sticking around.   

"I'm not going to build back. I'm going to move to Moss Point. I would like to, but Katrina was too much for me right here," Williams said.  

Storm after storm, the Chipley area has continued to be a flood zone. Mayor Matthew Avara hopes that with the new development plan, the empty slabs and grass that dot the area will be a thing of the past.

"The homes were totally destroyed. It was a great place for us to start and lay a template for what we really want to do citywide," Avara said.

Mayor Avara says the homes will cost from $80,000 to $140,000.

By Keli Rabon

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