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Biloxi, Mississippi

November 2, 2009 to November 8, 2009

The Gulf Coast may no longer be in the headlines, but the need for help is still there!

Please consider joining us in the ongoing Katrina recovery effort. We will be working with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to build new homes for partner families in the Biloxi area. There are few experiences more satisfying than a Habitat build. No construction experience is necessary—just a desire to work hard (and have fun) as part of a team, building community with a positive attitude and an open mind.

About Biloxi
Biloxi is located in south-central Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico, in Harrison County. The city’s population is about 50,000, post-Hurricane Katrina. Summers typically have high temperatures (around 90 F degrees), and winters are generally mild (around 60 F degrees).

Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has been rebuilding ever since. Your help is badly needed to make simple, affordable housing available in the storm-ravaged area. More than 60 percent of Harrison County’s housing units were damaged by Katrina. This included nearly 30,000 owner-occupied and 7,000 rental units. While thousands of community members have returned to their homes, much more needs to be done for those who remain displaced in FEMA trailers or other inadequate housing situations.

Across Mississippi, approximately 46,000 building permits have been issued since Katrina, compared to 77,000 total damaged housing units. According to a 2008 report, only 218 units (4 percent) of a total of 5,624 units awarded Gulf Opportunity Zone tax credits in the lower three counties have been built and occupied since Hurricane Katrina.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
In January 2007, Harrison County HFH and HFH Jackson County merged organizations to form HFH of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, serving all of Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has completed or started construction on over 200 homes and is committed to serving families in need of decent, affordable housing. The affiliate also served as the host site for the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

HFHMGC is working hard to achieve its mission to build 800 homes by 2012. Learn more at

Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers help Habitat for Humanity in all aspects of new construction, such as framing, finishing, painting and rehabilitation of storm-damaged homes. Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast builds reinforced wood-frame houses that are typical of the region.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Arrival day, Monday):
Greeted at New Orleans’ Armstrong International Airport by team leader; tour of Biloxi; 5:00 p.m. orientation.
Days 2–5 (Work days, Tuesday–Friday):
Breakfast at 7 a.m.; work on site 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with packed lunch on site; dinner at 6 p.m.; time for team activities.
Day 6 (Final work day, Saturday):
Breakfast at 7 a.m.; Work on site 8 a.m.–12:00 p.m., with packed lunch on site; local activity in the afternoon; dinner at restaurant; night spent at a hotel in New Orleans.
Day 7 (Departure Day, Sunday):
Team departs from Louis Armstrong International Airport.

HFH Mississippi Gulf Coast will provide housing at Camp Victor Ministries in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. We will be housed in dorm-style accommodations, separated by gender. Team members are asked to bring sleeping bags (or bed linens), pillows and towels.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Breakfast is typically served at 7 a.m. Volunteers prepare and pack their own lunches for the job site. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Trip cost
$1,075, plus air fare
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare, R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).

Team leader
Kate Collinson has participated in Global Village trips to Georgetown, South Carolina (November 2005); Mobile, Alabama (March 2007) and Santa Fe, New Mexico (October 2008). She has a background in finance and design and has traveled extensively through Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S. She is excited to lead this team to an area of great need.

For more information about this trip, please contact Kate via e-mail at

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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