Housing Overview


Housing Partners 

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has received a donation from BankPlus for the Mississippi Home of Your Own program. The donation will support the administration of IDS’ homeownership programs, which provides comprehensive housing counseling, homebuyer education and post purchase counseling to low-to-moderate income Mississippi families, inclusive of households with disability members.  

Left to Right front row:  Jason Bayles, MS Center for Legal Services, Kelli Jo Newsom, BancorpSouth, Aisha Stubbs, BancorpSouth, Lori Parkman, The First, A National Banking Association,

2nd Row left to right:  Tina Ingram, Citizens National Bank; Michelle McBride, BankPlus; Heather Steele, USM/IDS; Sharon Mark, City of Hattiesburg; Natasha Oatis, Trustmark

Last Row: Clarence Williams, City of Hattiesburg


Cassie Hicks receives military support awardCassie Hicks received an Army Patriot Award as a supervisor who makes every effort to accommodate the requirements of a military employee. 


Cassie is also named by the White House to be a Member of Inaugural National HUD Housing Committee



Housing Initiatives at IDS

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has long believed that people with disabilities have the right to live in their own home with their families and fully participate in their community. Through technical assistance and training, IDS reaches out to many factions in the community—realtors, lenders, advocacy groups, local, state, and governmental entities and the general public—to make sure individuals with disabilities and their families can purchase a home or find permanent housing depending on their needs.

Mississippi Home of Your Own - provides counseling to assist people with disabilities and their families in counseling, supports, and financial assistance that may allow them to purchase and maintain their own homes.

HOME Investment Partnership Program for the City of Jackson – this partnership with the City of Jackson helps individuals with and without disabilities and their families purchase a home within the city limits of Jackson.

Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Disability Initiatives – assists in the development of affordable housing for very low to low income households through providing down payment  assistance grants.

Comprehensive Housing Counseling - A certified housing counseling agency, IDS provides education and counseling to include homebuyer education classes to consumers across the state.

Project Recovery Rapid Re-housing - a program to assist families who are experiencing homelessness, living in shelters and needs to be quickly re-housed and stabilized in permanent housing. The short term financial assistance is provided to eligible clients that will be able to remain stably housed after temporary assistance ends.  

For more information, contact:

Coordinator for Housing Initiatives
Telephone:  601.266.5163
Toll Free and TTY:  1.888.671.0051