East Biloxi Revitalization

The East Biloxi Community Collaborative continually works hard to restore east Biloxi back to what it was before Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to east Biloxi ten years ago. While the area bounced back with the help of the East Biloxi Community Collaborative, leaders say it’s a continuing challenge to rebuild the area.
“We’re trying to rebuild east Biloxi and trying to get people to move back and make this a part of the community again,” said Biloxi NAACP President James Crowell.
The group says revitalizations projects like the community garden in the John Henry Beck Park, re-opening Nichols Elementary School, and providing books to local barber shops to promote reading in young children have all been successful.
Program Director Carmelita J. Scott said, “We’re about to start our community health workers offering healthy cooking demonstrations. We’re about to roll out a meeting this Thursday about access to food and vegetables in east Biloxi.”
EBCC says there is a larger need critical for any community. Some EBCC members say the biggest need for residents in east Biloxi right now is housing and some form of economic security.
Executive Director of the Hope Community Development Agency Bill Stallworth said, “Basically having the opportunity to find good quality jobs or business development and being able to really reach out to make sure that the kids are secure with a lot to do.”
There are five working committees with EBCC: civic engagement, economic security, education, health, and neighborhood viability. EBCC says if east Biloxi will soon again be as vibrant as it was before Katrina, it needs residents to be involved. “We are open to have residents come in and sit at the table with us and craft ideals and goals,” said Scott.
The next EBCC meeting will be at 10 a.m. this Thursday in the Swetman building on Howard Avenue.

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