A Partial Win for Post-Katrina Mississippi

Photo of a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina
Photo courtesy of Ricky Salsberry

The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the state of Mississippi to appropriate $132.8 million in primarily HUD supplemental disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant funds to support long-term recovery along the post-Katrina Mississippi Gulf Coast. The agreement also requires the state to conduct an outreach campaign for the Neighborhood Home program in nine southern Mississippi counties. The agreement stems from a 2008 lawsuit filed by the Mississippi NAACP, Mississippi Center for Justice, and Gulf Coast Housing Advocates claiming that Mississippi “improperly redirected $570 million in housing funds toward the restoration and expansion of the State Port at Gulfport.”

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