Workforce housing complex now open in Gautier

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The Toulon Apartments may be the answer to affordable housing on the coast. Partially funded with money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Mississippi Development Authority, the apartments offer working people a chance at a better life.

Maintenance Supervisor Andoine Richardson lives here with his family and said they love it.

"They're very spacious," Richardson said. "Nice, beautiful, granite countertops. Spacious kitchens. It's lovely."

A family of four with an annual income of $46,000 will pay $708 for a two bedroom, two bath apartment.  Sherri Knotts just moved to the coast, and moved into Toulon. It was an easy decision for her.

"I love it because it's clean, quiet, very well kept, and the office people are very wonderful."

Linda Hillman had other reasons for calling Toulon home.

"It's very convenient," Hillman said. "I-110 is just three miles from here and Highway 90 is just not far at all. And like I said before, it was convenient for work."

Mary Chapa manages the complex. Even though rent is income restricted, she said the program is different from others.

"You can lease to nurses, AT&T, Ingalls, Chevron, people with a higher income bracket than a tax credit property," Chapa said.

Even though Toulon is touted as affordable workforce housing, the list of amenities available to residents is incredible. According to Chapa, that's what sets it apart.

"You have the washer and dryer in the units. You have ceiling fans, garbage disposals, dishwasher, microwave, stove."

Not to mention a fitness center, business center, clubhouse, and pool.

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