Harrison County

$3.9 million in federal grants to benefit Gulfport

Passengers walk to the baggage claim area of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport on Monday June 22, 2015.
Passengers walk to the baggage claim area of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport on Monday June 22, 2015.

The city of Gulfport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have been awarded almost $3.9 million in federal grants intended for airport improvement and community development, officials announced Wednesday.

The airport will receive by far the bulk of the funds — more than $3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration Improvement Program for runway improvements to maintain structural integrity, minimize debris and increase passenger safety.

Another $581,000 Community Development Block Grant will go to support community development projects near the Gulfport Job Corps Center, 3300 20th St. CDBG funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are designed to better enable local governments to expand economic opportunities and housing options for low and middle-income residents.

The city was also awarded almost $307,000 from the HUD HOME program, which provides money to help local governments implement strategies designed to promote homeownership and increase affordable housing opportunities. The grant will likely be used for public housing rehabilitation in Gulfport.

In announcing the grants, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said, “This funding with its focus on economic and community development can benefit businesses and families throughout the region.”

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker said, “I am pleased that we are working to enhance our Gulf Coast with these federal grants, which will aid local housing developments, improve airport infrastructure and promote safety.”

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