Community Development Digest

Mississippi

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South Mississippi Housing & Development Names New CEO

The board of directors of South Mississippi Housing & Development Corp. announces the appointment of Judith Jones Moran as CEO and president of the Gulfport-based affordable housing nonprofit. Moran, who was approved by unanimous vote by the 15-member board, has served as interim president since early 2014.

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Mississippi Slammed for Wasting Rescue Money

HUD’s inspector general castigates Mississippi officials in an investigation of the state’s use of $650 million of a congressional appropriation for restoration of the state after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Affordable Housing Grant Seen Essential to Rehab Project in Mississippi

A newly renovated 120-unit apartment complex -- known as The Overlook -- for low-income residents in Hattiesburg, MS, is financed in part by a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant, undwritten by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, Trustmark National Bank, Mississippi Home Corp., and Enterprise Community Investments.

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New Market Tax Credits Help Finance Medical Facility

Thanks to financial assistance from New Market Tax Credits and the HOPE Enterprise Corp., a new $30 million medical facility designed to treat bone and joint cases will soon open in south Mississippi.

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HUD Speeds Transfer of CDBG, HOME Funds for Disaster Aid

HUD is talking with Louisiana and Mississippi development officials and entitlement communities about how it can speed reallocation of CDBG and HOME funds to help repair and replace housing in 69 parishes suffering damage from Hurricane Isaac. President Obama's recent disaster declaration gives pa...

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USDA Rural Grants, Loans Build Commercial Projects

The Department of Agriculture's $3.6 million Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG) provides grants and zero-interest loans to local utilities, which are then passed on to businesses for projects designed to create and retain rural jobs.

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Mississippi Seeks Comment on Brownfields Project

Mississippi's Commission on Environmental Quality gives preliminary approval for the City of Ridgeland's application to the state Department of Environmental Quality to remove an underground storage tank. The commission sets a Sept. 7 public comment deadline. The work would be at the Madison Mater...

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House Boosts Funding for Appalachian Regional Commission

The House passes a FY 2013 Energy & Water Development appropriations bill increasing funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), while keeping current funding levels for  the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Denali Commission. The groups are federal-state regional partnerships ...

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(CDBG) State and Local Briefs

California: Glendora city officials are proposing to use about $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant formula funding for housing and community-related programs next year. City officials already are warning that the city and nonprofits are likely to experience funding reductions in the FY 201...

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(STATES) MS Voters Pass Measure to Limit Eminent Domain

More than 70% of Mississippi voters Nov. 8 approved a state constitutional amendment (Initiative 31) limiting the use of eminent domain, preventing takings of private property to be used for anything other than public services for 10 years. The vote represents a victory for the Mississippi Farm Bur...

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