Survey Shows Affordable Housing Among Top Concerns For D'Iberville Residents

D'Iberville residents got a better picture of where others in their community stand when it comes to rebuilding thanks to a community survey. Mercy Housing and Human Development sponsored the survey and presented the results Thursday night at D'Iberville City Hall. About 245 D'Iberville residents responded to the community survey.

As their city rebuilds, residents in D'Iberville say it will be difficult to maintain a balance between big, money-making developments like casinos and maintaining a sense of community.

"It's a good place to have kids. It's kind of a quiet place to have kids and families. No matter how hard they tr,y I don't think they'll be able to maintain that once the casinos come here," D'Iberville resident Roy Darby said.

Among residents' top concerns were housing, healthcare and public infrastructure, including transportation. But in the minds of many, affordable housing is still the major issue.

"We have since the storm been writing grants to provide gap funding and we have been able to get money from many private foundations," said Sarah Landry with Mercy Housing and Human Development.

The need for affordable and accessible healthcare is also a major issue being addressed, especially for the senior population. As a result, Mercy Housing has already secured grant money for a Coastal Family Health Clinic in D'Iberville with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Mercy Housing says it wants to continue doing all it can to help people get back home.

"There are home owners who have been displaced from their homes who will not be able to build back. But if they want to return to this community or Pass Christian, we want to make sure they have the opportunity to do that," Landry said.