Governor Says 10,000th Homeowner Grant Check Delivered
From: Office of the Governor Filed 1/24/07 GCN
Mississippi has delivered more than 10,000 grants under an unprecedented
program to help homeowners along the Coast recover and rebuild from the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Governor Haley Barbour announced today.
"This is a milestone," Governor Barbour said. "It means that approximately
75 percent of south Mississippi families who qualified under Phase I of
our Homeowner Assistance Grant Program have received their checks, and
this will help them get on with their lives." As of today, 10,002
Mississippi families have received grants. In Louisiana, a similar
federally-funded grant program has distributed fewer than 200 checks.
"With unprecedented resources and flexibility from the federal government,
the hard work of the people associated with state and local government,
and most importantly, because of the spirit and determination of the
people on the Coast and in the private sector, we are making progress.
There is still much to be done, and the pace is still too slow to suit me,
but we are making progress," Governor Barbour said.
Under the grant program, a first-of-its-kind endeavor, recipients have
legally agreed that any rebuilt structure on that property must have flood
insurance, be elevated out of danger, and built to the International
Residential Building Code.
In total, closing packets have been sent to 13,207 households, and program
administrators expect that about 14,000 homeowners will ultimately qualify
for assistance under Phase I of the program.
Phase II of the comprehensive program, which is targeted to low and
moderate income homeowners regardless of insurance or flood zone status,
was approved by HUD shortly before Christmas. Grant notification packets
to eligible applicants will be distributed in the first quarter of this
year and, at that point, the financial counseling and closing process can
Under Mississippi's plan, $100 million has been allocated to public
housing authorities so they can rebuild 2,500 units of public rental
housing, and other plans are in the works to boost construction of rental
housing in the commercial market.
The state has also taken steps to spur new housing development by creating
and implementing a $630 million plan for new water and sewer development;
prevented massive utility rate increases and mitigated insurance rate
increases; and by encouraging alternative housing options, such as modular
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Statement From HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson on Mississippi's
Distribution of its 10,000th Katrina Homeowner Recovery Grant
Today Secretary Jackson issued the following statement regarding the
significant progress that the Governor and State of Mississippi has made
in their post-Katrina homeowner recovery program:
"I am pleased to note that thanks to the state's aggressive efforts, as of
today, 10,000 Mississippi homeowners have received the financial
assistance they need to get back on their feet post-Katrina so they can
rebuild their lives and homes.
"In the aftermath of this unprecedented disaster, the State of Mississippi
has worked hard to build a fast and comprehensive recovery program that
reduces bureaucratic red tape and fraud, and helps homeowners rebuild and
recover. With HUD's assistance, the state is working diligently to ensure
that funds are being distributed quickly and responsibly."