Mississippi Sues Landlords
The state of Mississippi is going after landlords and would be landlords who promised to fix up property after hurricane Katrina for low to moderate income tenants but failed to abide by the terms of their forgivable loan agreements. The Mississippi development authority has filed 65 lawsuits and so far recovered over 600 thousand in funds the U.S. department of housing and urban development provided the state after Katrina. Loans were available to qualified applicants in Harrison, Jackson, Hancock and Pearl River Counties. Over 3,000 rental houses were completed under the program, which HUD cites as a disaster recover model for other communities.