Thousands of Mississippians who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina have moved out of federally-provided travel trailers and mobile homes and into Mississippi Cottages, according to Gov. Haley Barbour
The 2,000th unit was placed in Gulfport, making this the 667th family in Harrison County to receive a cottage, Barbour said. Hancock County has 848 families living in Mississippi Cottages, Jackson County has 480 families living in Mississippi Cottages and Pearl River County, which was recently added to the program, has five families living in units, he added.
“By moving these families into Mississippi Cottages, we’re successfully providing many coastal residents with a more comfortable and certainly safer housing alternative while they work to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina,” Barbour said. “This is a milestone for the state’s ongoing recovery efforts.”
The Mississippi Alternative Housing Program is the result of a $280 million federal grant awarded to Mississippi. The goals of the program are to develop and evaluate safer and more comfortable alternatives to current disaster housing units for future disasters. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is administering the 24-month long program.
The first Mississippi Cottage unit was occupied on June 21, 2007.
Source: Office of the Governor of Mississippi