Workforce housing going up in Jackson Co.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - More than 100 workers are busy hammering out a brighter future for people looking for a place to live.

"It's 10 buildings, 240 units," Construction Superintendent David Harris said.

Since Katrina, coast leaders have been trying to cut into the housing shortage.  Projects like this will help. In fact, during the course of the nearly year long build, more that 1,000 people will be working on this site.

Joe Rushing owns a Vancleave construction firm.  This job has helped to stabilize his company's future.

"It helps us out a lot, we need a lot more of this coming in here," Rushing said.

David Harris said hurricane recovery is at the top of his punch list.

"I think it's very important for the region," Harris said.  "It gives people a place that they can live in relative comfort as they try and pick up from the devastation of the hurricane."

Nice touches like a fitness center, swimming pool, and even a clubhouse will greet those who live here. Once this huge apartment complex is completed by the middle part of next year, it will be what is called turn-key. People who move in won't have to buy much at all.

"They'll come with a washer and dryer included, obviously refrigerators, not to mention ranges and ceiling fans in the units," Harris said proudly.

And those units mean better days ahead for people who have struggled to find adequate housing in the five years since Katrina struck.

The complex will be finished in September. The total price tag is about $23 million, with more than $4 million of that coming in the form of a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

Because of that, 51 percent of the units have to be leased to low and moderate income families for a period of seven years.  The other apartments can be rented at market value.

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