Residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – Gulfport were ready for a homecoming this past Monday. The Gulfport retirement facility has been closed since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 the area and forced the shutdown of the facility. For the past three years, its residents have been living in Washington, DC while the facility has been under construction and being renovated after being shuttered due to the storm.
The new community is located on 47 acres of prime waterfront land on the Mississippi Sound and features a new multitower complex with full amenities such as dining,
social, recreational, and therapeutic activities, plus a swimming pool, hobby shops, a wellness center with basic dental and eye care, a bank, a barber and beauty shop, bowling center, movie theater, a computer room, library, and a pedestrian bridge to the beach.
With the support of Congress, funds were appropriated to rebuild AFRH-Gulfport with modern engineering capable of mitigating the effects of a Category 5 hurricane. Throughout the design and construction process, Management held resident focus groups, performed extensive research, and integrated new ideas in environmental
design and Green technology.
“The new Gulfport Home is an incredible advance in how AFRH provides senior housing for our nation’s heroes”, stated Tim Cox, Chief Operating Officer for AFRH. “In addition to providing state of the art facilities we have also partnered with the local community to provide additional services for our residents.”