GULFPORT — Thousands of South Mississippi families with limited financial resources, still struggling to repair Katrina damage, are being urged to apply for the state’s final recovery program, Neighborhood Home.
The program resulted from negotiations between Republican Gov. Haley Barbour’s office, Democratic President Obama’s HUD-appointed administrators and housing advocates who sued HUD for approving the state’s reallocation of $600 million in recovery funds to the state port in Gulfport.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Barbour and Reilly Morse, housing advocate and senior attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice, announced the program together on Monday. It will provide more than $92 million for Coast households still waiting for help and up to $40 million for low-income families in nine counties, including the Coast, with unmet Katrina housing needs.
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