Pass Christian cuts the ribbon on affordable housing

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - By Elizabeth Vowell – email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) – Many families dream of domestic bliss: sitting at home, sharing food, and talking with friends. However, high insurance and other issues can make it hard to obtain for many.

"There are a lot of people who could be good home buyers and good home owners but who are still really being forced out of the market because they just can't afford what's out there," said Back Bay Mission's executive director, the Reverend Shari Prestemon.

The Mississippi Development Authority and Back Bay Mission are changing that.  Thursday, representatives from both groups along with Pass Christian officials cut the ribbon on Bethel Estates, a new affordable housing development.

"It's housing that you can be proud of, that the city can be proud of, and that the people who eventually buy these will be proud to live in," said Prestemon.

Eventually more than 30 units of two and three bedroom units will make up Bethel Estates.  According to Prestemon, the goal is to provide affordable housing to young families to revitalize Pass Christian.

"We have something to offer them that not just coming in here and buying something we're going to give them quality education that they might not find anywhere else.  This is big. We need to get young people back into town," said Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott.

The MDA is using nearly $3 million of Katrina recovery funds to build Bethel Estates. All houses will be built according to new safety codes, and Katrina- impacted families will be given first priority.

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