Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson on Tuesday approved a $33 million program that will ultimately bring central sewer and water service to six coastal counties in Mississippi. Funded through $5 billion that HUD previously awarded the state through the Department's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Mississippi intends to lay the groundwork for a larger Gulf Coast Regional Infrastructure Program to meet the anticipated demand of families expected to move further inland in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a press statement. Mississippi will initially devote $6.5 million to develop a master plan and another $25 million to meet critical needs until the state launches its larger program to build central sewer and water systems in Pearl River, St...
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