The Hope Community Development Agency (Hope CDA) was created as a vehicle to rebuild the neighborhood of East Biloxi, Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. When Katrina hit East Biloxi, Mississippi, a historically African- and Vietnamese- American community, the storm surge was 30 feet high and destroyed much of the area. The storm carried many homes out into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving only concrete slabs or cinderblock piers where the houses had stood. Hope CDA led a community planning process to rebuild the neighborhood of East Biloxi and is now implementing the plan with the help of Alembic Community Development.
Scope of Project
Alembic Community Development is assisting with the implementation of the housing development component of the East Biloxi rebuilding plan. The project, called Veranda Homes, encompasses the development of 40 houses in East Biloxi, including both the gut rehabilitation of owner-occupied dwellings and the new construction of for-sale homes. The Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is acting as the design partner for the project, utilizing schematic architectural drawings originally developed through a partnership of Alembic, Architecture for Humanity and Oprah Winfrey’s Angels Network. Alembic Community Development helped to structure and secure financing from the Mississippi Development Agency for Veranda Homes and continues to provide project and construction management services for this $6.2 million development.
The very existence of the Hope Community Development Agency gave the community of East Biloxi, Mississippi a vehicle through which to rebuild their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Veranda Homes contributed to this effort by restoring 40 houses to the neighborhood.