More than five years later, seniors will soon have more housing options

Hurricane Katrina really did a lot of damage to housing for the elderly. The Seashore Methodist Home and Santa Maria Del Mar in Biloxi both were hit hard. We are glad to report that both of these properties are coming back.

Recently the Biloxi Housing Authority announced it is purchasing the old Seashore Methodist property which is now called Seashore Oaks. It will be a mixed income property for seniors providing housing for residents with various income levels. The housing authority was able to make the purchase thanks to a Mississippi Development Authority grant of more than $21 million.

The Catholic Church, which operates Santa Maria Del Mar, is rebuilding that senior housing project at a new location on Popps Ferry Road and hopes to have it open in 2012. When both of these projects are complete, the coast will have more than 300 new units for our elderly to call home.

As we look to the future, it is good to know that our seniors will have two facilities where they can call home and enjoy their retirement years.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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