Hurricane-Resistant Seniors Housing Debuts

Part of Enterprise Community Partners Inc.’s initiative to invest $200 million with partners to rebuild communities along the Gulf Coast, Oak Haven has hurricane-resistant construction and the latest in weatherization technology, including concrete-filled insulated form wall systems built to withstand up to 130 mile-per-hour winds. It features a community center and an array of off-site services.

February 1, 2011
By Allison Landa, News Editor

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Half a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina destroyed all public housing in Hancock County, Miss. Today the Oak Haven Apartments have just debuted in the town of Waveland, offering 80 cottage-style apartment homes as seniors housing.

Part of Enterprise Community Partners Inc.’s initiative to invest $200 million with partners to rebuild communities along the Gulf Coast, Oak Haven has hurricane-resistant construction and the latest in weatherization technology, including concrete-filled insulated form wall systems built to withstand up to 130 mile-per-hour winds. It features a community center and an array of off-site services.

According to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who spoke at Oak Haven’s opening ceremony, the development serves as an example of what people can do when working together. “I’m thankful to Enterprise for their continued commitment to the Gulf Coast’s recovery,” he said.

The $15.8 million development was spearheaded by Bay Waveland Housing Authority and Centerpointe Regional Housing. The American Express Center for Community Development provided a $7.3 million investment, and the project received Gulf Opportunity Zone Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Mississippi Home Corp.