Long-awaited construction set to begin on housing in Biloxi for persons affected by HIV/AIDS

Augusta House in Biloxi, Mississippi. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

BILOXI, Miss. (WXXV) – A demolition ceremony to mark the start of major renovations to Augusta House is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Augusta House is a residence for persons affected by HIV/AIDS and home to the South Mississippi AIDS Task Force (SMATF).

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Renovations will convert dated dormitory-style rooms into six modern, self-contained apartment units with private bathrooms, bedrooms, eat-in kitchens, and living spaces.

Craftman Construction of Perkinston, Mississippi will perform the renovations designed by Unabridged Architecture of Bay St. Louis.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00 a.m. at 2756 Fernwood Road in Biloxi.

SMATF, in partnership with Open Doors Homeless Coalition (ODHC), was awarded a grant in 2017 to renovate the building by the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, unforeseen issues have caused multiple delays.

“The grant covers the cost of construction, so naming opportunities will be available for sponsors for each of the six apartments, the laundry room, and the building’s courtyard to assist with the purchase of furniture and appliances.” says Board President Allen Jenkins.

Augusta House closed temporarily in April 2016, but SMATF has continued to educate the community regarding the prevention and spread of HIV/AIDS and distribute nonperishable food to clients since that time.