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Housing Authority Upgrades Units

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HATTIESBURG -- The Hattiesburg Housing Authority operates 296 units in the city for low to moderate income people.

One of it's complexes, Briarfield, was constructed in 1940.  Thousands of people have resided there.

"However the units are now some 73 years old and in need of an uplift," admitted Executive Director Milon Hoze.

So the housing authority came up with a plan that will span up to seven years, beginning with two units.  They're calling it a renovation but Hoze said they're basically starting over from the ground up.

"It's going to be much more accessible where we an better accommodate people with special needs," Hoze said. "Of course the units are being built with energy efficiency in mind."

He believes the project will complement plans like the Downtown Association and Twin Forks to make Hattiesburg more appealing.

"We will be approaching the same renovation on each of them in a strategic process," Hoze said.  "However we do hope and we pray for some wind fall funding where we may be able to do a massive renovation of all the units at one time."

For now, funds come from operating reserves that was saved throughout the years, but Hoze said he hopes for federal grants.

The units contractors are working on now is slated to be finished by the end of April, weather permitting.

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