Public Housing Resident Finally Home After Katrina - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Public Housing Resident Finally Home After Katrina

The director of the Biloxi Housing Authority says the last 18 months have been a struggle to get more affordable housing on line. Before Katrina the agency had 474 units. The hurricane cut the number to 180 available units. That number has stayed the same until now. Both Housing officials and residents say they're more than ready to move full speed ahead.

"It's been a long journey," says Alan Sage.

Sage spent Wednesday afternoon unloading his washer and dryer. His journey goes from his Benachi Avenue apartment to a FEMA trailer and then back to this Benachi Avenue apartment.

"I was just getting used to the apartment before Katrina came by," says Sage. "Then we got flushed out, and now we're finally back a year and a half later."

A year and a half after Katrina damaged or destroyed many of the Biloxi Housing Authority's properties, the director says he can finally see definite signs of progress.

Director Bobby Hensley says, "Oakwood is our first property to come on line. So, what it means is we have turned the corner from the storm, and we are now bringing people back to live in Biloxi housing Authority property. So, it's full speed ahead from here. We feel like we're making progress rather than planning on day to day, and we're actually seeing things happen."

Crews are working to get families into all 80 units of Oakwood Village. Hensley says there won't be any trouble finding tenants.

"As they become available people will be moving in, yes. We have enough people on waiting lists to take care of this and a whole lot more," Hensley says.

After living in a tiny FEMA trailer for more than a year, Alan Sage says he, his wife and his children were ready for something more.

Sage says "Feels more like home, and we haven't been in a home in a long time."

Director Bobby Hensley says all the apartments at Oakwood Village should be renovated by mid summer. First priority goes to people who were living there before Hurricane Katrina.

by Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Sheriff: Man found dead in freezer was strangled

    Sheriff: Man found dead in freezer was strangled

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:49 AM EDT2017-03-23 15:49:48 GMT
    Autopsy results show Jerry Floyd Kirkendall was strangled before his body was stuffed in a freezer inside a home he was renting in the Latimer community. (Photo source: WLOX)Autopsy results show Jerry Floyd Kirkendall was strangled before his body was stuffed in a freezer inside a home he was renting in the Latimer community. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said autopsy results show Jerry Floyd Kirkendall was strangled before his body was stuffed in a freezer inside a home he was renting in the Latimer community.

    More >>

    Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said autopsy results show Jerry Floyd Kirkendall was strangled before his body was stuffed in a freezer inside a home he was renting in the Latimer community.

    More >>
  • Stormy for March's final Saturday

    Stormy for March's final Saturday

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:40 AM EDT2017-03-23 15:40:38 GMT
    As a Saturday cold front moves in from the west, numerous thunderstorms, some strong, will put parts of the region at risk for severe weather.As a Saturday cold front moves in from the west, numerous thunderstorms, some strong, will put parts of the region at risk for severe weather.

    A few isolated severe storms will be possible, producing mainly threats of damaging wind gusts. But, hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

    More >>

    A few isolated severe storms will be possible, producing mainly threats of damaging wind gusts. But, hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

    More >>
  • Gulfport students learn about career opportunities

    Gulfport students learn about career opportunities

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:11 AM EDT2017-03-23 15:11:51 GMT
    Zicuria and Zykeyia were just two of the 7th graders at Central Middle School's career day Thursday. Could they become future WLOX anchors? We'll find out around the year 2027 after they graduate from college. (Photo source: WLOX)Zicuria and Zykeyia were just two of the 7th graders at Central Middle School's career day Thursday. Could they become future WLOX anchors? We'll find out around the year 2027 after they graduate from college. (Photo source: WLOX)

    These students graduate from college sometime after 2025. So they still have time to chart which career path they may follow.

    More >>

    These students graduate from college sometime after 2025. So they still have time to chart which career path they may follow.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly