Report Questions State's Response To Coast Housing Crisis - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Report Questions State's Response To Coast Housing Crisis

By Jon Kalahar - email

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The state development authority announced Wednesday a $30 million program to jump start affordable housing on the gulf coast. The agency wants to see more private investment.

But a new report from a coast advocacy group says that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what's needed.

"The report reflects a very low response in Mississippi to the needs of especially low income housing," said Sharon Garrison with the Mississippi Center for Justice.

Garrison and the Center for Justice helped prepared the report for Steps. It says the state used income waivers approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to redirect over 75 percent of federal funds to programs that benefited wealthier homeowners, private utilities and insurance companies.

"It's something we're trying to address and hoping some of that money is put back into affordable housing, but certainly something that needs to be considered for future emergency response," Garrison said.

The Mississippi Development Authority disputes the report. MDA says it's taken months, if not years to meet regulations from HUD. Just this summer, MDA was cleared to begin distributing checks for its small rental assistance program.

MDA's Chief Operating Officer, Jon Mabry, said, "Overall, our housing initiatives are poised to provide 20,000 to 25,000 low and moderate housing units along the coast."

Plus hundreds of millions of dollars are allocated to rental, workforce and public housing. And more than $2 billion will be given to 25,000 homeowners who qualify.

March 2009 is the deadline on the FEMA trailers and Mississippi cottages. The grant will run out then. Mississippi Emergency Management hopes to work with housing authorities to get low interest loans for those living in cottages. The only problem is some municipalities on the coast won't allow the cottages as permanent structures.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:26:44 GMT
    The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>
  • Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:43 GMT
    Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>
  • Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

    Buddy bags make transition easier for foster kids

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:27 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:27:58 GMT
    Donations are being accepted to fill buddy bags (Photo Source: buddybagsms.com)Donations are being accepted to fill buddy bags (Photo Source: buddybagsms.com)

    A collection drive starts in D’Iberville this week to make life just a little bit better for children in Mississippi’s foster care system. One80 Fitness will help create Buddy Bags. These bags contain new and gender-neutral fleece blankets, stuffed animals, hygiene kits and activity books. To fill the next 100 bags, organizers need help. They need people to donate blankets and hygiene kits.

    More >>

    A collection drive starts in D’Iberville this week to make life just a little bit better for children in Mississippi’s foster care system. One80 Fitness will help create Buddy Bags. These bags contain new and gender-neutral fleece blankets, stuffed animals, hygiene kits and activity books. To fill the next 100 bags, organizers need help. They need people to donate blankets and hygiene kits.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly