Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

As we work together to tackle the historic challenge that Hurricane Katrina has presented to the forestry communities of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, we hope that this blog will be a valuable resource and tool.

Tuesday, August 22

Home Again Provides Shelter

The Home Again program is aiding homeowners in this Mississippi Gulf Coast city that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The program was created by Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), Neighborworks America and Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Credit Union (ECD/HOPE) with $1.3 million from the Rebuild the Coast Fund, a charity founded by Renee and John Grisham, the Home Depot Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Thirty-six homeowners whose homes were completely destroyed in the center of Pass Christian around Second, North and Henderson streets were chosen to participate in the Home Again program based on income level and projected rebuilding costs. Eight factory-built homes have already been placed in the first phase of the Home Again modular home program. The program will provide a total of 34 modular homes for community residents.

According to Carolina Building Solutions, manufacturer of the Pass Christian-bound homes, these structures are constructed to be wind resistant and are also energy efficient. They can also be completed much more quickly than a traditionally built home, requiring only 30 days to complete from initial order to final assembly.

Modular homes continued to arrive in the neighborhood through the beginning of August. The homes require assembly on site and some finishing construction to make it move-in ready. The process takes approximately two weeks.


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