Biloxi native Sharon Hanshaw
grew up here.
Before the storm, she
operated a hair salon out of her
After Katrina transformed her
home into a pile of rubble, Hanshaw
found herself starting over at age 51.
After spending nearly a year sleeping on others' couches, she
started speaking out about the lack of affordable housing, child care and jobs for women.
She founded the nonprofit Coastal Women For Change in 2006, and has become a representative for Mississippi on international panels about Katrina Recovery.
says several East Biloxi businesses never reopened after the storm and, to support the community, the city needs to focus on helping minority businesses and homes.
"What we are seeing is new development that does not meet the people's criteria," Hanshaw
"There are no jobs or affordable housing. ...
Sometimes you just can't wrap your head around it."
recently took on another fight when the Biloxi Public School Board
voted to close East Biloxi's Nicholas Elementary School
The district also reportedly discovered they had $10 million in savings, which Hanshaw
says is a sign that politics are at play.
After the school board said that they'd close the school, the Kellogg Foundation
announced that it would supply the district with a $1.3 million grant for the district to reopen the school.
The school board is expected to address the offer at its Sept. 21 meeting.
"It's a new school.
You can't make sense out of it," Hanshaw