The Clarion-Ledger, 2/3/9

As Mississippi’s federally funded Hurricane Katrina housing program nears an end, Gulf Coast advocates are planning a summit to spotlight people they say have been left out of the recovery plan.

About 7,300 residents whose homes received wind damage didn’t qualify for the Housing Assistance Program, said Roberta Avila, executive director of the Interfaith Disaster Task Force.

The Mississippi Development Authority said on Monday that more than 26,900 grants totaling about $2 billion have been awarded as part of HAP, and all will be completed within the next few months.

“We only have about 200 of the more complex cases left to process, all of which MDA staff can finish within weeks,” Jon Mabry, chief operations officer in MDA’s disaster recovery division, said in a news release on Monday.