It's time for people to move home. That was the message this morning when the Biloxi Housing Authority dedicated its Cadet Point Senior Village. The new east Biloxi complex will give 76 elderly residents a comfortable, and an affordable place to live.
A breathtaking blue sky blanketed Biloxi. Sparkling water glistened around its peninsula. Yet when you looked at the area from above, what stood out was a bright green roof. Someday soon, retirees like Elnora Pauli would like that roof to be their new address.
"I'm hoping I'll get an apartment," the 89 year old Biloxi woman said as she toured the Cadet Point Senior Village. "I don't know whether I will or not. But I'm hoping."
The neatly manicured affordable retirement home is on the eastern tip of Biloxi's $36 million Hope VI community. A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the Biloxi Housing Authority's 76 unit living center for area retirees. Peggy McCleland was at the party.
"I like it," she said. "I lived in that Santa Maria for 11 years. This has got it beat. If I can get in."
The Biloxi Housing Authority is still going through applications to determine which 76 people will qualify for a unit in the Cadet Point Senior Village.
Architects created Cedar Point to look much like the old hotels of Biloxi's past. The expectation of the housing authority's Delmar Robinson is that this will become the flagship development within Biloxi's Hope VI project, and the social center of Point Cadet.
"It says that we're committed to all of the citizens of Biloxi," he said.
Before the tour, the housing authority announced that it would name the senior village in honor of Robinson because of all the chairman has done to rebuild Hope VI after Katrina. Robinson was overwhemed by the accolade.
"I'm only doing what my people have always done here in Biloxi. And that is to make it a better place."
According to senior village managers, rent for tenants chose to live at Cedar Point will be 30 percent of their adjusted gross income. The first tenants should move in June first.