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Public housing for seniors nears completion in Hancock County

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of new public housing units are just months away from completion in Hancock County. The Bay-Waveland Housing Authority has two new developments under construction to replace the public housing stock wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.

The 80 unit Oak Haven development going up on Russell Drive in Waveland will mark a major post Katrina milestone for the housing authority. Director Karen Ladner said it's been a long time coming.

"We're very, very close to be able to help our residents of Hancock County get back home," Ladner said.

Since Katrina, people who used to live in public housing in Hancock County have been scattered across the state, living with relatives or in other rental units.

Oak Haven is designed for older residents.

"We're taking applications now. So anyone who wants to apply, you have to qualify for one thing. We have preferences. The first preference is 62 and older, but we are taking applications at this time for 50 to 62," Ladner said. "So please come and apply."

In phase two of the housing authority's recovery plan, 100 units similar to the ones in Oak Haven will be built at the old Bay Pines complex site off of Old Spanish Trial in Bay St. Louis. It will cater to younger families.

"The housing authority didn't utilize all of the land that they owned, so we're going to put back 100 units on that property. And that's going to be from one to four bedroom units, single family homes." 

In the final phase, The Villages of Hancock are scheduled to go up.

"The Villages of Hancock are 65 units, 47 will be built on Camile in Waveland, 18 will be replaced on Balentine in Bay St. Louis. At the end of that construction, we will have a total of 245 units, which is more than what we had prior to the hurricane."

Ladner said she's pleased the housing authority's new homes are generating a lot of interest.

The homes are being built with sustainable features for hurricane protection and energy efficiency. The complexes in phases one and two come with a $28 million price tag, but the federal government is footing most of the bill.

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