State Seeks $100 Million to Rebuild Coast Public Housing
From: Office of the Governor Filed 5/18/06 GCN
Governor Haley Barbour has asked federal authorities to approve up to $100
million to help public housing agencies repair and rebuild affordable
housing in coastal areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Governor Barbour announced that the Mississippi Development Authority on
Thursday submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) a plan to cover uninsured losses at public housing properties. Funds
are being requested from an allocation of $5 billion previously approved
by the federal government for Mississippi's recovery.
"Affordable housing continues to be a pressing need for communities on the
Coast," Governor Barbour said. "This grant will allow the public housing
authorities to leverage other available resources in repairing and
developing new affordable housing targeting low and very low income Gulf
The state is seeking HUD's preliminary approval of the plan, Governor
Barbour said. Once this is obtained, the plan will be published for public
comment and made available at
www.MsHomeHelp.gov, as well as local city halls and libraries in
Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.
The funds, totaling up to $100 million, will be made available to the
Gulfport-based Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VIII and public
housing authorities in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Waveland and Long Beach.
More than 90 percent of the nearly 2,700 public housing units operated by
these five authorities were damaged in the hurricane, with approximately
10 percent of their units being totally destroyed.