FOLEY – Foley residents will have a chance Tuesday, May 23, to discuss city plans to protect local housing from the impacts of hurricanes and other disasters.

The city will hold a Foley Resilient Housing Plan Information and Listening Session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers.

The discussion is intended to allow residents to learn about the status of the plan and to comment on the project’s focus, intent, and potential outcomes. 

Hurricane Sally caused widespread damage in Foley. The storm showed the need to invest in resilience and hazard mitigation planning for the city.

The city recently applied for and was selected as a pilot community to develop a Resilient Housing Plan as part of an EPA-funded project titled: “Community Resilience Housing Guide: Creating a Stronger Post-Disaster Housing Framework for the Gulf Coast.” 

As a pilot community, Foley is working with a team that includes Smart Home America, Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to develop a Resilient Housing Plan 

The goal of the plan is to reduce damage and loss of current housing and acquire funding after a storm to mitigate losses. The plan will also consider improved planning and building standards for new and renovated housing to reduce damage and loss in the future.