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.

Thursday, September 14

Governor's Office of Recovery and Renewal eNewsletter

Governor Haley Barbour today announced the allocation of more than $17.8 million in social services block grant (SSBG) funds to be used to restore services to hospitals and other social services entities affected by Hurricane Katrina. These funds come as part of the more than $128 million Mississippi received through a Supplemental Appropriations bill passed by Congress.

In order to receive these funds, facilities were required to submit a proposal to the Mississippi Department of Human Services, which was designated by Governor Barbour as the state agency responsible to distribute and receive such hurricane monies. After applications were processed, the following facilities received SSBG funding:

• Outreach Health Services, Shubuta - $16,039
• Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, Fayette - $88,400
• Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital, Hazelhurst - $113,600
• Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, Lexington/Yazoo City- $268,469
• Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg - $1,633,053
• Claiborne County Family Health Center, Port Gibson - $34,374
• Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb - $5,000,000
• Riley Hospital, Meridian - $130,267
• Wayne County General Hospital, Waynesboro - $87,329
• Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Gulfport - $1,364,352
• Hancock Medical Center, Bay St. Louis - $1,090,434
• Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Community Services - $8,000,000

Self sufficiency, protection, maintenance and miscellaneous needs are the four broad categories that govern all service activities supported by SSBG funds. Only services existing prior to August 29, 2005 are eligible for restoration, and proposals will only be accepted to restore services or activities to pre-Katrina condition. Funds must be expended by August 31, 2007 and liquidated by September 30, 2007. For more information, please call 601-359-4778 or go to for an application.


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