Biloxi Housing Authority is getting creative with funding

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The effects of a bad economy and the nation's debt crisis are trickling down to programs in South Mississippi. The Biloxi Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing for low income individuals, is facing some big budget cuts.

"HUD [Housing and Urban Development] has told us due to budget cuts in Washington, that we will receive budget cuts, and in order to keep hosing people, we have to make money," said BHA Executive Director Bobby Hensley.

HUD has recommended that the Housing Authority find alternative means of funding.

One option being considered by the housing board is to develop a piece of property on Highway 90, just east of Beauvoir.

Before Katrina, the seven acre property held public housing.  Now, it stands empty and high insurance rates mean Housing Authority won't be able to rebuild a permanent structure.

Instead of letting the prime beach front property sit unused, officials are considering converting it into an RV Park.

No definite decisions have been made about opening an RV Park on the property. However, officials say if such a project is pursued; it will be operated like any other private business, with no help or use of federal funds.

The city of Biloxi has received several complaints from the owners of nearby RV Parks, who have concerns about more competition in a struggling economy.

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