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Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Whose Homes were Flooded by Katrina are Being Asked to Register for Expanded Homeowner Grant Program

From FEMA      Filed 6/11/06  GCN   Updated 6/14/06

The Mississippi Development Authority is wrapping up final applications for the Katrina Homeowner Grant program that was authorized by the federal government and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As this program concludes, Governor Haley Barbour is working with HUD to expand it to provide assistance to homeowners whose homes flooded but were not eligible for the original program. In an effort to design more effective housing assistance programs for Hurricane Katrina victims, Governor Barbour is asking low- and moderate-income homeowners whose homes flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina, but were previously not eligible for the program to register. Governor Barbour told GCN Wednesday that the new program will also include low and moderate income homeowners who lived within the flood zones, which was not part of the first program.

"Our first Katrina Homeowner Grant program provides funds for those whose homes flooded despite being outside the flood zone, but we know there are many others whose homes flooded and still need help," Governor Barbour said. We are asking these other homeowners to register in hopes a program can be designed to help as many of them as possible. So, please register." "We may not be able to help everybody, but if you don't register, we can't help you."

To register, call 1-866-369-6302 to make an appointment at one of the service centers located in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Gautier and Jackson. The service centers will be open for this registration process beginning June 22 and will remain open for about four weeks.

Homeowners who fit the following guidelines are asked to register:

  1. You owned your home as your primary residence on August 29, 2005.
  2. Your home was located in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson or Pearl River Counties.
  3. Your home flooded due to Hurricane Katrina storm surge.
  4. You did not register for MDA's first homeowner assistance program.
  5. Your household income is less than the following amounts:
Household Size      Projected 2006 Income
   
1
$ 44,300
2
$ 50,600
3
$ 57,000
4
$ 63,300
5
$ 68,300
6
$ 73,400
7
$ 78,500
8
$ 83,600

 

 

 

 

 

Income is defined as projected 2006 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as defined for Federal Tax Returns by the IRS.

As part of this information gathering process, Mississippi Development Authority will also be surveying people residing in FEMA trailers.

For more information visit: www.mshomehelp.gov


DRC's in Harrison County to Change Function

The two Harrison County Disaster Recovery Centers - one in Biloxi, the other in Gulfport - will transition to Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance Centers on Monday, June 19

The Biloxi Center, at the Snyder Recreation Center, 2520 Pass Road, and the Gulfport Center, at the Disable Veterans Hall at 2600 23rd Ave, will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Saturday, June 17. The centers are not open on Sundays.

IF YOU NEED HELP, VISIT A DRC OR CALL THE FEMA HELPLINE AT 1-800-621-3362 OR (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 FOR THE SPEECH OR HEARING IMPAIRED.

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