Sustaining Hope: Rebuilding Biloxi

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and within hours became one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. 3,000 homes were destroyed by the wall of water that swept through Biloxi, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. Of the remaining 3,500 homes, all sustained damage from the storm. Communities like Biloxi, Mississippi are struggling with what has been left undone for Katrina survivors. However, in the face of immense challenge, the social justice infrastructure in Biloxi has never been stronger. Sustaining Hope: Rebuilding Biloxi profiles local efforts to recreate a just and vibrant community. With interviews from members of Hope CDA and the Mississippi Center for Justice, alongside community stories from local homeowners and fishermen, this video is a portrait of the local organizations working to bring Biloxi back. The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has a long-term commitment to the people and places of the Gulf Coast. We believe that rebuilding efforts must address the historic inequalities laid bare by the storm, while bringing forward new strategies for equitable community and economic development.

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