The state of Mississippi has cleared the way for at least 186 homeowners to receive partial grants to help rebuild even though they were previously denied federal aid.
The Mississippi Development Authority announced the program Tuesday.
The MDA said the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development relented on requiring homeowners to promise – also called convenants – to carry flood insurance and meet other requirements for their pre-Hurricane Katrina property.
In some cases, grant applicants sold their pre-Katrina property and the new owners refused to sign the covenants. Without the signed covenant, the grant application was rejected.
Donna Sanford, the MDA’s disaster recovery director, said the state can now offer 70 percent of the total grant amount to applicants who sold their property if they have signed the covenants on new property purchased in one of the three coast counties.
Grant applicants who moved out of state are eligible for 50 percent of what they would have received with the signed covenants.
Sanford said people who have experienced problems with their grant applications may find help at service centers located in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties.
Some information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com
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