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New Waveland Residents Can't Replace Lost Mobile Homes

Sixty-five-year-old Joy Favre has had muscular dystrophy for the past 35 years. She says the aches and pains she face on a daily basis have been compounded ever since Hurricane Katrina struck.

"I had a mobile home here and lost it in Katrina. I plan on replacing it because Samaritan's Purse offered to give me a mobile home free. And my brother-in-law went to get me a permit to put it here on the land and they turned me down," Favre said.

Favre's neighborhood is part of Waveland's newly annexed area. The city has strict rules governing the placement of mobile homes - None are allowed in low-lying areas. Favre lives on a fixed income an says she can't afford to have a house built.

"I'm tired. It's been over a year, I'm tired. I don't want to do it anymore. It's like I want to give up. I don't want to give up, but sometimes I feel like that. Where am I going to go from here?"

Favre's sister Cindy helps care for her and another sister who also has muscular dystrophy. Linda Malley is also fighting to replace her destroyed mobile home.

"It's not my fault that Hurricane Katrina hit and I lost everything and everybody else, and I understand that. But I feel like I should be able to put a mobile home back on my property if that's what I want," Malley said.

"If you're taking away their right to live in a mobile home, then they're going to have no home. They've lost enough. They've had everything taken from them. Now is the time to step up and help them," Cindy Schoonmaker said.

Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo says the city's Long Term Recovery Office is working to help people like Malley and Favre. But he says putting a mobile home in a flood zone is not the answer.

"The National Flood Program will not allow mobile homes in a flood plane. There's not anything we can do about that situation. It will not only penalize them, but all the citizens in Waveland," Mayor Longo said.

The Mayor says the city is working with their Long Term Recovery Office to get residents in these situations into a permanent, storm-ready structures.

"We want her to live out her life in Waveland in a structure that she's comfortable and safe in."

Mayor Longo says that help could include financial assistance so the sisters can afford to build safer homes.

Waveland's Long Term Recovery Office is located in Trailer #8 in the city's Government Complex on Coleman Avenue. Residents having trouble rebuilding are encouraged to fill out the necessary paperwork to receive help.

by Al Showers

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