Homeowners Receiving Settlements May Have To Pay Back Grant Money

While the settlement announced Tuesday with State Farm is good news for thousands of South Mississippians, it will likely bring more paperwork to some people.

That's because 6,000 State Farm customers have received homeowners grants. And everyone who received a grant also signed an agreement to repay the state if they received more insurance money.

You can learn more about Mississippi's Katrina Homeowner Grants at www.mshomehelp.gov,  by calling 1-866-369-6302 or (601) 576-5700, or by visiting one of the three service centers listed below.

Right now, applications are being accepted for Phase II of the program, which is designed to provide assistance to homeowners whose homes flooded but were otherwise not eligible for the original program.

Under this new program, homeowners may receive funding up to a maximum of $100,000 to fill the gap between the cost to rebuild/repair and the homeowner's ability to pay.  In addition, an elevation grant of up to $30,000 may be offered to eligible applicants who meet program requirements.  Click here to see if you qualify.

So far, the state has received 6,800 new applications for phase two of the grant program. Another 3,000 applicants who did not qualify for the first round of grants could potentially receive money under these new guidelines.

Jackson County Service Center
Singing River Mall
2800 US Highway 90, Suite 1382
Gautier, MS 39553
Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Harrison County Service Center
Prime Outlets - Gulfport
10000 Factory Shops Blvd
Gulfport, MS 39505
Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Hancock County Service Center
3068 Longfellow Drive, Building 6A
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Open: Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm