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KHRC, USDA Celebrate Grand Opening of First-Ever FarmWorker Housing in Kansas

Photo:  Officials from USDA RD, KHRC and Interfaith Housing Services
celebrate the grand opening of new farmworker housing in Dodge City

DODGE CITY (September 25, 2013) – Officials from USDA Rural Development (USDA), Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), and Interfaith Housing Services (IHS) celebrated the grand opening of Santa Fe Townhomes in Dodge City, the first-ever development in Kansas built to provide housing specifically for farmworkers and their families.

“Farm and agriculture-related workers play a vital role in sustaining the state’s economy and enriching our communities,” said Dennis L. Mesa, Executive Director at KHRC. “We’re pleased to partner with USDA in helping hard-working families afford quality, safe housing, save money and invest in the future,” said Mesa.

USDA allocated a $2.5 million grant and $500,000 loan from the department’s Farm Labor Housing Program to help build the development.  KHRC provided $500,000 in funding from the corporation’s HOME Rental Development Program.

“USDA’s Farm Labor Housing Program provides financing to organizations that develop affordable housing for the agricultural workforce in rural communities throughout the nation where adequate housing doesn’t exist,” said State Director Patty Clark. “Dodge City’s agricultural businesses have continued to grow, but the city lacks adequate housing.  This program is designed specifically to provide safe, affordable housing for farmworkers and their families in communities with a strong agricultural base,” added Clark. 

Left Photo:  Marc Bradshaw and his daughter Brenna are new residents at Santa Fe Townhomes in Dodge City.
Middle and Right Photos: Interior pictures of Santa Fe Townhomes.

Marc Bradshaw is a farmworker that commutes from Dodge City to Jetmore every day. Bradshaw, his wife Sandy and their three daughters Brenna, Brianna and Tia recently moved into Santa Fe Townhomes. "Our apartment is a true blessing," said Marc. "Each of our girls has their own room. We love it!"

Santa Fe Townhomes offers 18 all-electric, modern, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments with single-car garages. The four-bedroom units have basements and two of the units are completely handicapped-accessible. Tenants must meet income requirements and one member of the household must be employed in the farm or agricultural business.

Jobs that meet USDA’s farm labor definition include:

  • Field Worker:  Hand work, field preparation, planting, irrigation, spraying, agronomists, veterinarian.
  • Transporting Commodity After Harvest:  Harvester/combine operator, truck driver, loader.
  • Post Harvesting Handling:  Boxing, crating, loading/unloading, truck driver, storage worker.
  • Processing/Marketing:  Process plant worker – canneries, creameries, frozen foods, slaughterhouse.

For more information on Santa Fe Townhomes or to obtain an application, please visit Interfaith Housing’s website at www.ihs-housing.org or contact Lee Cole at (620) 371.6524.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is a self-supporting, public corporation which serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the State of Kansas. Our mission is to increase the availability of affordable, decent and accessible housing for low and moderate-income Kansans.

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