Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Wednesday, March 15

MDA Publishes Homeowner Action Plan

Mississippi Development Authority has unveiled a housing assistance Web site and has published its Homeowner Assistance Grant Action Plan. On March 9, the MDA posted its plan for administering the Homeowner Assistance Grant Program on the agency's new Web site at

The public is invited to make comments and suggestions electronically via the Web site during a one-week comment period. During the comment period, the MDA will compile and evaluate the submissions, make any necessary adjustments to the plan and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval.

"The staff at HUD has been very supportive helping MDA design a program that meets the extraordinary needs of Mississippi's Hurricane Katrina victims while complying with federal guidelines," said Terri Hudson, MDA chief financial officer. "We look forward to finalizing our plan with them and getting the application process started."

In addition to the Homeowner Assistance Grant Action Plan, the new Web site has a number of features. These include basic eligibility criteria, a FAQ search, summary of the program guidelines and resource links that may be helpful to anyone needing housing assistance.
After MDA receives final HUD approval, the Web site will have an online appointment request form and application form and contact information.


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