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New Service Centers To Provide Grant Assistance

Mississippi Development Authority is making a number of changes in its Katrina Homeowner Grant program designed to provide applicants with more information about their grant status and facilitate their grant closing, including reopening the service centers.

"We are reopening the service centers to allow applicants to come in and get copies of their damage assessments," commented Scott Hamilton, MDA director of communications.

"We will also have representatives on hand to review the assessments with applicants and additional representatives available to assist with initiating the appeal process if applicants feel their assessment is flawed."

Appeal Deadline Extended and Process Streamlined

The deadline to make appeals has been extended from 30 to 60 days after receiving a grant notification package. In addition, the minimum appeal has been reduced from $10,000 to $500 to provide applicants the ability to bring more modest discrepancies to MDA's attention. 

As before, applicants may go through the closing process, receive the initial grant and make an appeal if they choose.

Service Centers to Provide Assistance Beginning Wednesday, September 13

MDA's Service Centers at the Prime Outlet Mall in Gulfport and Singing River Mall in Gautier will begin providing walk-in assistance to grant applicants.  Services include: 

  • Filing appeals and explaining appeal rights
  • Assistance related to damage assessments (staffed by MDA's damage assessment contractor)
  • Assistance for those that are denied a grant
  • Assistance and questions on the closing process
  • Assistance and questions on subordinations
  • Assistance and questions dealing with mortgage companies
  • Assistance and questions concerning the grant covenants and title issues

For applicants that would rather get assistance by phone, calls regarding these type questions should be directed to the MDA Call Center at 1-866-369-6302 rather than the Helpdesk line. The call center personnel are being trained for these questions with technical backup being provided by the agency's program contractor.

For more information, visit www.MsHomeHelp.gov or www.mississippi.org.

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