by Fred Kammer, SJ, JSRI Director
In a new report authored by Reilly Morse, Mississippi Center for Justice senior attorney, the center documents the shortcomings of Mississippi’s post-Katrina housing recovery. The report is entitled Hurricane Katrina: How Will Mississippi Turn the Corner? Among its key findings are these:
The report attributes the current failure to house Mississippi’s needy families to a combination of “unjust decisions by Mississippi policymakers, irrational interpretation of federal audit, elevation, and environmental rules, and discriminatory zoning decisions by local governments.”
For Mississippi to fulfill its post-Katrina recovery promises, the report indicates that it must:
Five years is a long time to wait upon a home, but thousands of Mississippians are doing just that—waiting for their state government to fulfill its promises to them.
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