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What are the qualifications for the $150,000 homeowners grants?


The Mississippi Development Authority is administering the Homeowner’s Assistance Program. Please visit www.mshomehelp.gov to see if you qualify for assistance and for any other questions related to the program.


If I do not qualify for Homeowner’s Assistance Program, what other assistance is available?


The Housing link on this website provides resources for housing assistance. Also, funds remaining after allocation of all Homeowner Assistance Program funds will be used to create programs for individuals who did not qualify under the program.


What are the Advisory Base Flood Elevations and what effect do they have?


In an effort to help communities build back stronger and safer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, FEMA reassessed base flood elevations (BFEs) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and issued advisory flood elevations for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) will enable state and local officials to make more informed decisions about rebuilding efforts until more definitive data are available.


National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities are not required to use the ABFEs. Several communities have either voluntarily adopted the ABFEs or have adopted elevations higher than the current required elevations.


The current Flood Insurance Rate Maps representing Mississippi coastal communities will remain in effect until the flood remapping process is completed in those areas over the next couple years. That process involves a more detailed analysis of flood hazards, interaction with community officials, opportunities for public input, and an appeals procedure.


For more information on ABFEs, click here.


For questions regarding any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs or policies, please visit the FEMA website, www.fema.gov.


For questions regarding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), click here.


For questions regarding other hazard mitigation programs and policies, click here.


Questions can also be directed to the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal email, .