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New affordable senior housing complex accepting applications

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Once again, senior citizens will be strolling under the majestic oak trees and taking in the spectacular view of the water. 

At the  Biloxi beach front complex, they will enjoy amenities, like a large cafeteria, plenty of meeting rooms, and a pool that has a heated Jacuzzi and a swim jet so they can swim in place.  Some of the apartments even come with kitchens that are equipped with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

At least 65 units at the Seashore Oaks Senior Apartments on Beach Boulevard should be ready by April. The Biloxi Housing Authority will start accepting applications on Tuesday. The agency bought the complex from condo developers in January to help fill a need for affordable housing for senior citizens.

"The response we've had to this site, when people started finding out that we were going to housing seniors here, has been overwhelming," said Bobby Hensley, Executive Director of the Biloxi Housing Authority. "I think the seniors are very excited. They're looking forward to this."

The property's security officer is eager to see some familiar faces again. Wayne Eckert was also in charge of security when the buildings were part of the Seashore Methodist Retirement Home.

"It would be good to see them. Some of them are still around, 'cause I know a lot of them passed on after they left here," said Eckert.

The east building is reserved for middle income seniors. It will open first. The middle building is for the low-income elderly.  And the west building will offer a service that is pretty unique for the Biloxi Housing Authority, assisted living for low-income seniors.

"This is our first effort in that area and we've probably got a lot of things to learn," said Hensley. "But we've brought in a very knowledgeable consultant and a company to actually do the assisted living for us. So we feel very confident that it's going to work out well."

The two bottom floors of the middle building will also be used for assisted living.  All three buildings should be filled with senior citizens by the end of the summer.

"It's a beautiful piece of property. We will look forward to having people move in here," said Hensley.

The Biloxi Housing Authority received a $21 million grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to purchase the property. In order to rent one of the apartments, you have to meet certain age and income requirements. For instance, you have to be 62 years of age or older.

You can apply at Seashore Oaks at 4150 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi every Tuesday and Thursday in March.  The office will be closed on Mardi Gras Tuesday.

For more information, you can contact the Biloxi Housing Authority at (228) 374-7771 Ext. 241.

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