A promise to bring more affordable homes to east Biloxi is fulfilled by the Biloxi Housing Authority Where the Bayou Auguste housing project once stood, now stands a neighborhood of homes, townhouses and apartments called Hope VI.
In a special welcoming ceremony, Biloxi Councilman Eric Dickey said, "Thank you for this day which has been long dreamed but know is a reality."
That reality is close to 400 new, affordable homes near the Back Bay. One of Biloxi's oldest neighborhoods has new hope thanks to the Hope VI development.
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway shared a special welcome to one particular family.
"I want to congratulate the Issac family," he said.
Lorenzo and Nicole Issac will be the first family to move in.
He added, "Hope six provides just that--hope. For people like Lorenzo, who has worked for twenty years as cook at Keesler, his wife, Nicole, who is a teacher at Gorenflo Elementary, and their four children."
The Issacs always dreamed of owning their own home.
Nicole Issac said, "I'm feeling very excited. This is a blessing for me and my family. This is our first time house. Words just can't express it."
As Nicole showed people her new home, the excitement grew.
"Three bedrooms, two full baths and I love it. I have a living room, dining room, an eat in kitchen, stove, refrigerator, microwave--love the up-to-date microwave! It's very exciting!
The city of Biloxi has changed the atmosphere and reality of home ownership. The Issac Family and so many others will be able to call Bayview-Bayou Auguste Home.
The Bayview-Bayou Auguste project is just one part of Hope VI. All six phases should be complete by the end of 2006.