Help is available to locate affordable housing

By A.J. Giardina - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, federal housing programs are coming to a close. And every day, Action Reporter A.J. Giardina gets phone calls from people who say they can't find any affordable places to live. But some South Mississippi property managers say "affordable housing" is available, if people know where to look.

April Mosser manages properties across the coast for Christine Weber Realty. The company has rentals listed with FEMA, hoping to find permanent homes for people still in temporary housing.

After seeing our Tuesday news report with people still living in FEMA funded motels, trailers and mobile homes, Mosser called WLOX News to say housing is available, and FEMA reps should be able to connect people in need with available rentals.

"We give them a list of properties. They chose which one best suits them and we do the processing and get them in. Most of our properties, we can get you moved in pretty much immediately," Mosser said.

The properties Mosser has available range from trailers to condos with prices from $450 to $1,100 per month. Mosser says many realtors can also help find Section 8 housing.

"I've talked to a couple of different people and they are not taking applications right now. But if you have a need, you know, they're going to help you."

FEMA officials tell WLOX News that Housing Advisors have updated lists of available rentals each week. As of last Friday, FEMA knew of 5,299 available rentals in the three coastal counties. And according to's housing search engine, there are more than a thousand rentals within 40 miles of Biloxi under $600 a month.

April Mosser says anyone ready to rent should be able to find something.

"It's a matter of calling the right number and getting the right person to meet their criteria."

Click here for online access to FEMA's housing list. And remember even if you don't have a computer at home, you can use the free internet service at public libraries.