Two homeownership programs administered in Jackson, Miss., by the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi have the potential to make a difference for people with disabilities and low-income families interested in the American dream of owning a home within the city limits of Jackson.
The HOME Investment Partnership Program for the City of Jackson is a program for individuals with disabilities and their families who are first-time, low-income homebuyers who want to make their home within the city limits. Grantsof up to $15,000 are currently available to eligible borrowers through this program. IDS partners with the City of Jackson on this HUD-funded project and has assisted 64 homeowners since this initiative started in 2002.
The IDS Neighborhood Stabilization Program is repairing and selling 47 foreclosed homes purchased in Jackson to first-time homebuyers with low-to-moderate incomes. Individuals purchasing these homes do not have to be individuals with disabilities, but the houses can be retrofitted to meet any accessibility needs.
For more information about these programs, call the Jackson office of the Institute for Disability Studies at 601.432-6876 or visit the Web at www.usm.edu/ids/housing.