Three years after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi's battered coast is regaining population but still lacks affordable housing for its poorest residents, reports USA Today. The article goes on the say:

Lack of affordable housing remains a thorny challenge, according to a study by the Biloxi-based Mississippi Center for Justice. About 6,170 of damaged rental units in Mississippi's coastal counties are slated to be repaired, leaving about 4,500 unrepaired, according to the study.
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As of March, only 13% of the $1.6 billion in the state's emergency community development block grant funds had benefited lower-income victims, according to the report.

According to the Associated Press, Gulfport City Council member Ella Holmes-Hines said that many coast residents have been "delayed in moving on with our lives." In fact affordable housing remains a formidable barrier to rebuilding along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But the voices of low-income Mississippi residents continue to be pushed aside-as Facing South has previously reported, housing advocates have rallied against the State of Mississippi's decision to divert $600 million in emergency federal housing recovery funds to expand the Port of Gulfport when the state has yet to meet its post-Katrina housing needs.