of Jackson has awarded a two-year, $330,000 grant to the Mississippi
Home of Your Own (HOYO) program to help people with disabilities
purchase homes for the first time.
HOYO is an
award-winning program of the Institute for Disability Studies, which
is based at The University of Southern Mississippi. The grant will
be used to provide down-payment assistance and other related services
to people with disabilities who qualify as low- to moderate-income,
first-time home buyers in Jackson.
A public meeting
will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Community
Meeting Room of the Jackson Medical Mall, 350 West Woodrow Wilson
Boulevard. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide Jackson
residents, particularly those with disabilities, with information
regarding the application and qualifying process in order to be
a recipient of the funds for home-ownership assistance. All interested
persons with disabilities are welcome to attend.
excited Mayor Harvey Johnson and the city of Jackson gave us the
opportunity through the Home Investment Partnership Program to assist
people with disabilities living in the city in becoming home owners,"
said Royal Walker, IDS associate director. "A community is
not complete until all of its citizens, including people with disabilities,
can fully participate."
information about this project or the Jan. 28 public meeting should
call the Jackson office of IDS at (601) 432-6876.
IDS is Mississippi's
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research
and Service, headquartered for 25 years at Southern Miss. The institute
provides university training, community service activities, research
and information that promote the independence, productivity and
community inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families.
The institute's Web site may be accessed at www.ids.usm.edu.