Apartments Hard To Find In Jackson County

"We've probably got around 150 names," Chateau Bayou Apartments Manager Donna Bradford says.

That's how many people are waiting for a single two-bedroom apartment at Chateau Bayou Apartments in Ocean Springs.

Bradford says since Hurricane Katrina her phone never stops ringing.

"Forty to fifty calls a day," Bradford says. "When I tell them how long the list is, sometimes they say 'Thank-you,' sometimes they say, 'Well, go ahead and put my name on the list.' They're that desperate."

The reason Bradford's getting so many calls is because 2200 of the 5400 apartments in Jackson County were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Many, it appears, have had very little work done. And it will probably be a while before they are back on the market.

Gautier's Planning Director Ralph Hode hopes that will soon change.

"All of our apartment complexes, every one of them, have already talked to us and either have permits or are getting permits for repair," Hode says.

Magnolia Oaks in Gautier is ahead of the game.

"Those folks say that they will be ready to start taking applications within the next month, month and a half," Hode says.

Chateau Terrain in Pascagoula isn't too far behind either.

"You've got electric back, water back, we've got some services back. The mailboxes are back, finally. We're starting to get a lot more aesthetics to it, so it's starting to look back to normal," resident Richard Goldthwait says.

But there are still more people in need of affordable housing.

"Some are going to Mobile. Mobile's full. Some are going as far as Wiggins and Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg is full," Bradford says.

She says, for now, no one has an answer.

Most of the apartments damaged in Jackson County were in Pascagoula. The city lost 1500 of the 2500 units.