Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern
Mississippi received a $15,000 donation from the BancorpSouth Foundation
to support individuals with disabilities and their families seeking
home ownership throughout the state of Mississippi.
is committed to affordable housing initiatives, financial literacy
and home-buyer education," said Yvonne Ferguson, assistant
vice president for BancorpSouth. "The Mississippi Home of Your
Own (HOYO) program at IDS fits all these categories.
coordinator for housing initiatives, agreed. "HOYO program
participants are low- to moderate-income borrowers who have a disability
or have a family member with a disability," she said. "The
HOYO program is statewide and has assisted clients in 25 counties
to become homeowners."
for Disability Studies is Mississippi's University Center for Excellence
in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Research, Education and Service
and has been located at Southern Miss for 30 years. 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.
funds will be used to help more individuals with disabilities and
their families in seeking home ownership in their communities,"
said Dr. Jane Siders, executive director of IDS. "The generosity
of organizations such as the BancorpSouth Foundation can truly turn
dreams into reality."
Tim Ryan, executive
director of the USM Foundation, the nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation
that serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to Southern
Miss, said "On behalf of The University of Southern Mississippi
and the USM Foundation, I truly appreciate the generous gift that
our friends at BancorpSouth are providing through support to the
Institute for Disability Studies. Once again BancorpSouth has reinforced
the positive relationship we have enjoyed with them over the years,
and continues to make community support a high priority. I thank
Yvonne Ferguson and the entire BancorpSouth team for their generous
and individuals wanting to contribute to this or other programs
at Southern Miss may obtain information by calling the USM Foundation
at (601) 266-5602. Trained development officers are available to
discuss established programs and areas of need. For more information
about IDS, call (601) 266-5163 or 1-888-671-0051 or visit