Habitat MS Gulf Coast to commemorate 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is building three new homes in Pascagoula, MS in Fowler Fields, a 13 home subdivision being developed by HFHMGC for low to moderate income families located off Lanier Avenue. A commemoration event is being held on Thursday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the construction site at 4206 Lanier Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39581.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, along with First Lady Deborah Bryant are among the scheduled participants with Governor Bryant making remarks during the program. Former First Lady Marsha Barbour is also scheduled to participate and make remarks. The Pascagoula High School Choir will participate with the students choosing the music that they felt reflected their memories of Katrina.
HFHMGC CEO Chris Monforton stated “We see this event as a way not to look back but to commemorate the progress made since Katrina. At Habitat, we prefer to look at the future and how our work has been impactful and transformational for the families and our community.”
Wells Fargo will make a $15,000 check presentation to HFHMGC as part of Wells Fargo’s mission to uplift the community of Mississippi residents whose homes were negatively impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Mike Ryan, Wells Fargo Mississippi District Manager make the presentation to Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to aid in the construction of the three single family homes in Pascagoula.
The construction project began in late June with staggered starts of the other homes in late summer and early fall. Volunteers are providing much of the labor & will complete construction tasks under the supervision of HFHMGC’s construction supervisors. Volunteers have been recruited from the over 25,000 volunteers both local & around the US who generously gave their time in the years following Katrina. The three homes to be completed in Phase 1 are expected to be finished by the end of 2015.
The homes build will be two 3 bedroom / 2 bath homes and one 4 bedroom / 2 bath home. In addition to many green building components, the homes will be constructed to be “FORTIFIED” certified. The FORTIFIED program was designed by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) & is a voluntary construction standard that offers enhanced protection against natural disasters. Construction elements of the FORTIFIED process include reinforced roofing, enhanced wind pressure standards for windows & doors & a sealed roof deck with enhanced nail patterns for roof sheathing. Certified FORTIFIED homes are eligible for 25-30% discounts on homeowner’s insurance.
Since Hurricane Katrina, HFHMGC has built 328 new homes as well as rehabilitated and repaired 568 homes. Over 25,250 volunteers have worked 485,301 hours on HFHMGC projects. HFHMGC provides free financial education training and coaching. Since 2010, 1,591 individuals have attended classes &/or coaching for over 5,400 education hours delivered through 861 activities (classes and one-on-one sessions).