Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemoration Event – Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemoration Event

WHEN: Thursday, August 27, 2015
10:30 a. m. to 11:30 a. m.

WHERE: Fowler Fields, 4206 Lanier Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39581

VISUALS: Event attendees touring construction site and homes
Event attendees during commemoration event
Interview opportunities with HFHMGC leaders

BACKGROUND: 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.

The project began in late June with staggered starts of the other homes later 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).

MEDIA CONTACT: Adele Lyons, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,
(228) 678-9122 office / (228) 313-3841 cell, alyons@hfhmgc.org