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Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update: September 2009

Release date: 
November 2, 2009
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BILOXI, Miss. -- The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through Oct. 25, 2009:

As of Oct. 25, 367 temporary housing units are still occupied in Mississippi – an 87 percent decrease from the 2,808 units occupied Jan. 1:

CountyJan 1.Sept. 30Progress
Hancock 391 46 88 percent
Harrison 795 105 87 percent
Jackson 442 44 90 percent
Other  1,180 172 85 percent
Total  2,808 367 87 percent
  • FEMA’s temporary housing program ended on May 1, 2009.*
  • Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, nearly $1.3 billion in Individuals and Households Program funding was approved for 274,761 individuals and families in Mississippi.

More than 2,800 Mississippi families moved from FEMA temporary housing to Mississippi Cottages. About 1,600 cottages are currently occupied. The Mississippi Cottages were developed through the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, which is administered by MEMA and funded by a $280 million federal grant. The temporary housing portion of the program ended Jan. 31. The program is in the process of converting units for permanent use to residents who remain in need. For more information about the program, visit

Since Jan. 1, 2009, many projects funded by FEMA Public Assistance grants have either begun or been completed:

Notable PA-funded Projects Started in OctoberDate
Pass Christian Historical Society  Oct. 21
Hancock County Government Annex  Oct. 21
Pass Christian Police Station and EOC  Oct. 28


Notable PA-funded Projects Completed in 2009Date
D’Iberville High School  February 
Chester M. McPhearson, Jr. Pier   March 21 
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center   Apr. 23 
Waveland Civic Center  May 8 
Hancock County Courthouse   Aug. 8 
  • FEMA has obligated more than $3 billion in PA funds, which are administered by MEMA. To date, MEMA has disbursed more than $1.79 billion of the $3 billion obligated by FEMA to PA applicants.
    • $713 million obligated for land-based debris removal;
    • $893 million to repair public utilities;
    • $654 million to repair or replace public buildings;
    • $409 million for emergency protective measures;
    • $98 million to repair roads and bridges;
    • $1.1 million to repair water control devices such as ditches and irrigat...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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