East Biloxi Memorial Remembers Lives Lost, Focuses On Work To Be Done

The program began in remembrance. Elsi Dixon remembers. She lived on Point Cadet in East Biloxi, an area Katrina all but completely wiped out.

"It was dark.  It was just a dark feeling that was in my home, and I just said I believe the Lord would see us through," Dixon says.

Dixon says thanks to her faith and volunteers, four months ago, she moved into a newly rebuilt home. While organizers of Wednesday's service acknowledge the progress being made, they say the recovery in East Biloxi still faces uphill struggles. Those who came out also heard two reports on the state of East Biloxi's rebuilding process.

"It's not looking too good in terms of getting money into the hands of people; renters especially are not being helped. They're not rebuilding the homes where they can come in and get affordable housing," says James Crowell of the Biloxi NAACP.

"We see a severe lack of affordable housing in the Biloxi area. There is just no alternative but to press hard for every barrier to be knocked down and see that every penny is being spent as need be," says Reilly Morse, Mississippi Center for Justice.

Some of those who are trying to get back home say it's a slow process but their still holding on through faith. Ward 2 councilman, Bill Stallworth says at least 500 homes have been re-habbed in East Biloxi.

"I think we're doing pretty good work, but it looks like it's a little slow and it's working on the patience of the people.  You try to have patience and wait on it.  We just pray everyday things will keep continue to come," says Myrtle Davis, Biloxi

It's a hope many along the coast hang on to as they move forward post- katrina.