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Ketch Celebrates Grand Opening of 10th Street Apartments in Wichita

New Housing Offers Safe, Affordable Apartments for Adults with Disabilities
--KHRC, KETCH Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of 10th Street Apartments in Wichita--

WICHITA – Officials from the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH), the City of Wichita, Vintage Construction and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) on October 6th, 2011 celebrated the grand opening of 10th Street Apartments in Wichita.  Located near 10th and Water in historic Midtown, the 7,000 square-foot apartment building offers 10 one-bedroom apartments and residential services to adults with development disabilities.

“This is our third housing development completed since 2008,” said Ron Pasmore, President and CEO of KETCH. “In total, KETCH has added 60 apartments to meet the housing needs of our clients since then.”

Left to Right: Mark Cox of Vintage Construction
and Ron Pasmore of KETCH.

Tenant Kelly Kinkead gives a tour
of his new apartment.

Funding for the 10th Street development included $2 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, $10,000 from the Women of Wichita Foundation, $15,000 from the Spirit AeroSystems Good Neighbor Fund and $20,000 from the Star Lumber Goebel Family Charitable Trust.  Vintage Construction served as developer and Krehbiel Architecture designed the building.

Mark Cox, Owner of Vintage Construction, said he feels an obligation to help people with disabilities obtain safe housing. “10th Street Apartments serve a special needs population whose incomes typically range from $6,000 to $14,000 a year. They are among the poorest of the poor and their situation is not a result of choices they made.  Without the LIHTC program, apartments like these would not be built in the open market,” said Cox.

KHRC’s Executive Director Dennis Mesa believes housing that enables individuals with disabilities to live independently is good for families and the community.  “Apartments like these help people attain their highest level of skills and purpose and KETCH’s residential services give them greater opportunities to live healthy, safe and enjoyable lives.”

Amenities at 10th Street Apartments include common areas both up and downstairs, automatic handicapped accessible front door, laundry rooms on both levels, dishwashers in all apartments, covered patio, BBQ grill, patio furniture, bike rack, plus cable and internet service

To learn more about KETCH, visit their website at www.ketch.org.  For questions about affordable housing programs offered by KHRC, visit www.kshousingcorp.org.


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