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Nonprofits Partner To Bring New Homes To Coast

By Evelina Burnett | Published 10 Jun 2014 09:26pm | comments
One of the new homes being built by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the support of Hope Enterprise Corporation.

Two Mississippi organizations are partnering to build more homes on the Gulf Coast. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, the region is still struggling with affordable housing, nine years after Hurricane Katrina.

A Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast worker is working on the walls of the future home of Ednearl Epps in Moss Point. Epps has lived on this street her entire life. But after Katrina, mold and termites made her home unlivable. Since then, she’s been moving around. Habitat tore down the old house, and this summer, Epps is looking forward to moving in to her new home.

"There's no place like home," she says.

This home, along with 40 others, is being built through a partnership between Habitat and Mississippi's Hope Enterprise Corporation. Hope chief executive Bill Bynum says Hope is supporting the project with $5 million dollars in New Market Tax Credits, a program managed by the U.S. Treasury.

Most of the 41 homes are complete. The rest will be done this fall.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast chief executive Chris Monforton says the organization still has a waiting list of more than 100 people needing services. Though thousands of homes have been built on the coast since Katrina, Monforton says many people are still struggling with housing, especially in terms of affordability.

A study released last year found that almost 30 percent of Mississippi coast homeowners and 50 percent of renters are paying more than a third of their household income goes towards housing. 

Habitat of the Gulf Coast has built or repaired more than one-thousand homes in Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties since Katrina. 

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One of the new homes being built by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the support of Hope Enterprise Corporation.


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