Islamic Relief Partners with Local Housing Agencies to Provide Homes to Katrina Victims - Islamic Relief USA

BURBANK, California (October 16, 2005) – In conjunction with the Metro

Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition, Islamic Relief is working with two local

housing organizations to house victims of Hurricane Katrina. Working with

NEIGHBORS (Nation’s Evacuees in Good Hand’s with Benevolent Out-Reach

Services) and the Jackson Metro Housing Partnership (JMHP), Islamic Relief

will repair a number of homes in Jackson to provide an adequate place to live

for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. There will be a ceremony at one of the

houses being renovated for Katrina victims this Monday, October, 17.

An international relief and development agency based in Burbank, CA, Islamic

Relief will pay for the foreclosure on the homes and the cost for repairing the

structures. Volunteers from the Jackson Muslim community will work to repair

the homes.  The Metro Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition consists of the

International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Masjid (Mosque) Muhammad, Masjid

Omar, and Masjid Al-Muminun.

Islamic Relief immediately responded to the needs of the victims of Hurricane

Katrina – one of the greatest natural disasters in United States history.

Islamic Relief has committed $2 million for Katrina relief projects, which

include working in the affected areas of Biloxi and Jackson, MS, Baton Rouge,

LA and helping displaced citizens in Houston, TX.

In Biloxi, MS, Islamic Relief has provided the devastated community much

needed services to cope with the disaster. Islamic Relief has distributed food,

cleaning kits, tents, sleeping bags, toys, clothes, hygiene kits and many

other goods. Islamic Relief also purchased a mobile home and converted it

into a health clinic for the East Biloxi community. The Coastal Family Health

Center will run the facility on land provided by the city. The mobile clinic has

the potential to serve thousands of patients a year in the Biloxi community.

The Media is encouraged to participate in the gift presentation to NEIGHBORS

and the JMHP on Monday, October 17 at one of the homes being renovated

for a displaced family of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans who has decided

to make Jackson their home.  On hand for the presentation will be: Mostafa

Mahboob, of Islamic Relief; Emad Al-Turk; Sababu Rashid; Azzam Abumirshid,

of Masjid Omar; William Sabree, of Masjid Al-Muminun; Alice Tisdale and

NEIGHBORS’ Partners; Tim Collins, of JMHP; City Officials; and Others.


Ceremony for Housing of Katrina Victims


Monday, October 17, 2005

2:30 PM


642 W. Porter St.

Jackson, MS 39204


Media Contact:

Mostafa Mahboob

Media and Public Relations

Islamic Relief

(310) 351-0952 mobile

(714) 676-1300 office

(714) 676-1301 fax

**Notes for media professionals planning to cover the event**

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Masjid Muhammad (through its

Mission of Mercy Development and Relief Project), Masjid Omar and Masjid Al-

Muminun, formed the Metro Jackson Muslim Katrina Coalition immediately after

Katrina hit the Mississippi and Louisiana areas.  The goal was to act quickly to

respond to the needs of displaced citizens and to assist in any possible to

minimize the suffering.  Masjid Muhammad’s Mission of Mercy Development

and Relief Project (MOMDR) is established to assist persons affected by

Katrina and other disasters, or personal crisis by aiding with housing and

other needs of daily living.  Also, MOMDR is a logistics site and distribution

command center for Muslims from other regions seeking to provide assistance

to persons in need in Jackson and Mississippi.

Formed by a group of community leaders, NEIGHBORS strives to bring the

quality of life back to displaced residents. NEIGHBORS began with 38

displaced residents.  Of that number, 23 or 7 families have decided to

relocate permanently from New Orleans or the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the

Jackson area.  The families are composed of infants, children, young adults

and older adults.  The skill levels provide the men an opportunity to help

renovate the houses that will become their homes. NEIGHBORS will support

the displaced families in the following areas to make their transition as smooth

as possible: housing, education, health care, financial/legal services, child

development, area acclimation, crisis management, wardrobe/personal

appearance, entertainment/recreation, transportation and business


JMHP, a private, non-profit housing corporation was founded in 1992 with a

mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing services for low to

moderate income residents of the city of Jackson, Mississippi. In the wake of

Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita, JMHP moved quickly to identify several of its

existing housing units, which could be available for occupancy, by families

displaced as a result of the hurricane.  Islamic Relief’s donation to JMPH will

rehabilitate 5 housing units to house Katrina displaced families.

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development organization, with

partner offices in 30 countries across the world. We operate a wide range of

emergency relief and sustainable development projects across the world,

including healthcare, water and sanitation, education, income generation, and

orphan support. For more information, please call or visit our website,

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