Moss Point Family Must Wait To Have Home Demolished

Dora Langham is blind in one eye. Yet Wednesday, she could clearly see her future. And it looked so much better than the mold and the decay she's had to put up with for 25 difficult months.

For almost 40 years, a brick house on Mayo Street provided shelter and safety for Langham and her brother Big John. That changed when Katrina roared ashore. "Oh I've been stressed out," ever since the storm, Dora laughed.

Just like the bricks on a side wall of the family home, Langham's post-Katrina life has started to fall apart. And she often feels like nobody will listen to her problems.

"Every time I called for a grant, they had some reason for rejecting me," she said.

So, she remained in her damaged home, even though the walls had holes, and mold filled the air.

"I applied for a FEMA trailer, but they never did give me one. And I'm not the type of person that keeps pushing and stuff," she said. "But God has sent me Vicki, my angel, I call her my angel."

Vicki White is with the Mississippi Conference of United Methodists. Michelle Wilson represents Rebuild Jackson County. After hearing about Langham's plight, they visited her home, and came up with a way to end her misery.

"It's the situations you come along where you have to help," White said. "There is just no other thing out there for her, so I just had to find a way. And we found a way."

The plan was to knock down the house at noon, and begin work on a new home for Langham and her brother. But then, a cell phone rang. The truck carrying the demolition equipment had two flat tires on the way to Moss Point. And it wasn't going to show up until Thursday morning.

Langham sat under a tree and figured that after 25 months of waiting, a few extra hours was no big deal.

"If I can wait that long, I can wait a little longer," she chuckled.

Several non-profit groups are working together to build a new home for the Langhams. They expect it to be finished by Christmas.