Housing fair in Biloxi helps low income families

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Back Bay Mission in Biloxi held its first ever housing fair Wednesday. More than 30 people with limited to zero income filled inside the Micah Day Center on Division Street to take advantage of the fair and to get help.

Cynthae Johnson brought her 21-year-old daughter to the housing fair hoping she and her young family will get the help they need to live comfortably in an affordable house, like the homes that sit off Benachi Avenue.

"I mean, she's grown and when you're grown, you need to be on your own," Johnson said.

Kenney Washington is the non-profit organization's Director of Client Services. He said the fair gives a jump start to families or individuals looking to find a permanent home.

"Well, we have several different agencies and organizations here. They actually can ask questions about what is needed to actually have applications and other things that are needed to be housed in that particular place," Washington said.

He said by partnering with agencies like the Biloxi Housing Authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs and local apartment complexes, Back Bay is able complete their mission.

"Of course, if we can get a person housed or employed, it is a great feeling," Washington said.

Johnson added, "Well, I tell you, it's amazing how good God has blessed us to have this. It's a blessing."

The Biloxi Housing Authority was able to help Johnson's daughter. She should be settled by the first of the new year.

"It makes me feel full of happiness and joy, I tell you."

If you'd like more information on getting help from Back Bay Mission you can call them at (228) 432-0301.

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