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Released January 21, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS-BASED PROGRAM, CITY OF JACKSON
TEAM TO HELP DISABLED CITIZENS PURCHASE HOMES

JACKSON – The City 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.

"We're 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."

Persons seeking 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.

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