Beau Rivage About to Hire, Amid Housing Crunch

The price of renting an apartment or home is up 20- to 30-percent since the storm. And with rental houses and apartments in short supply, it appears the problem is only going to get worse before it gets better.

Meanwhile, construction crews are working round-the-clock to repair the hurricane-ravaged Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi. On Monday, the casino is scheduled to re-open its employment center on LeMoyne Boulevard--another step toward recovery, but many wonder where the 3,000 employees the Beau plans to hire will live.

"A lot of people are just moving all over, wherever they can find a home or a house. I don't have the answer to it. You know, I mean, this is one of the real, complex problems we're going to have, and like you say, it's not going to be over with for another year or two years, because it's going to take that much time to rebuild," said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.

Mayor Holloway says the casino may soon be breaking ground on a temporary housing solution for its employees.

"I do know that they probably will, maybe put some housing, or trailers on some land north of I-10, north of there," he said.

However, Holloway says housing employees in the casino's hotel rooms is probably not an option.

"I don't think that will happen because that will break up that stream of revenue," Mayor Holloway said.

As city leaders and casino executives ponder affordable housing solutions, work on the city's infrastructure continues, so when the casino's employees go back to work they can get there in a timely manner from wherever they may live.

"We're trying to hurry up and get Caillavet Street completed. We're going to try to get that, we have about three months left to work on that, after we get the repair done because now it's just a bottleneck there, but if we can get Caillavet Street there, we can move a little bit faster, get that four-lane boulevard open," Mayor Holloway said.