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Affordable housing coming to West Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A $6 million project under construction in Biloxi could ease the burden on those struggling to pay rent.

Hundreds of families are on the waiting list for the Biloxi Housing Authority's services. However, the authority says right now there isn't enough housing to go around. A new development in West Biloxi that could ease the housing crunch.

Before moving to Covenant Square back in July, Oneisha Jackson said she looked at private apartment complexes, but found nothing that fit in her budget.

"It was tough because I just had lost a job," said Jackson. "I found another job that qualified for me to get in here for low income."

Right now, more than 500 families are waiting for word from the Biloxi Housing Authority that a rental unit is available.

"The economy is dry and everybody is trying to run to something that they can afford," said Jackson.

Crews are already putting in infrastructure for a new housing development called Beauvoir Pass. The 75 units are going up on Pass Road, one block east of Beauvoir Road. The project will consist of two and three bedroom duplexes.

Biloxi Housing Authority Director Bobby Hensley said, "We've proved by how many people we have applying for housing that this will be a much needed development. This will help us satisfy the need here locally."

Hensley said recently most of the agency's emphasis has been creating additional senior citizen housing, but projects like the one on Pass Road show that some of that focus is starting to change. 

"It's a good thing because mostly they've just been building houses for seniors," said Jackson. "Us young people and middle aged people also need help too. "

Housing authority officials say they hope to have the first families move into Beauvoir Pass around the end of the year. It will be built as a townhouse style development. Families interested should apply with the Housing Authority.

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