Reconstruction of Public Housing Damaged by Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast [open pdf - 343KB]
"On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast and inflicted massive damage from high winds, heavy rains, and a storm surge that exceeded 20 feet. Five public housing authorities (PHA) served this area and suffered unprecedented destruction to housing developments at 29 locations. Total damage was estimated at more than $100 million, with 300 units destroyed and 1,700 damaged. Four of the PHAs are specific to coastal cities (Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Long Beach, and Waveland), and the fifth (Region VIII) serves the city of Gulfport and other coastal areas. HUD initially allocated $5 billion in community development block grant (CDBG) funds to the State of Mississippi for 'disaster relief, long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure in the most impacted and distressed areas related to the consequences of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.' The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) administers the State's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and earmarked an amount not to exceed $100 million for public housing recovery from HUD's hurricane CDBG allocation."
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Report No. IED-08-003
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