Development Team

Our new cottage neighborhoods are made possible through a unique private-public-non-profit partnership.

The public component is the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and its Eco-Cottage Grant Program. Find more here about the state’s innovative response to housing challenges after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The program is administered by Mercy Housing and Human Development, a national faith-based non-profit with a long history of connecting those in need of affordable housing with viable community options. Read more here.

Also partnering in cottage effort is the non-profit Mississippi Gulf Coast Renaissance Corp., formed after Hurricane Katrina to help address the gap in workforce housing.

The private-sector component of the partnership is a group of Mississippi entrepreneurs formed in the years after Hurricane Katrina to implement key housing goals of the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.

The Mississippi Cottages program was inspired by the Mississippi Renewal Forum, sponsored by the Governor’s Commission. At the Forum, designers and planners from around the world collaborated with local leaders and planning professionals on recovery and rebuilding plans. Read more about that effort and how Katrina Cottages became Mississippi Cottages here.

Site designer and project architect for the Cottages at Oak Park and the Cottages at Second Street is Bruce Tolar, who led a development group that pioneered the Cottage Square model neighborhood that adjoins the Cottages at Oak Park. Taken together, the two projects occupy more than four acres with some 40 homes and commercial spaces.

Developers, contractors, and housing authorities from all over the nation are looking to the examples of Cottage Square, the Cottages at Oak Park and the Cottages at Second Street as models for expanding choices for safe, appealing, affordable housing close to where people work, shop, go to school, and entertain themselves.