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Moderate Income Housing

HISTORY: In 2012, KHRC created the Moderate-Income Housing (MIH) Program after the Kansas Legislature allocated $2 million to the SHTF for the purpose of administering and supporting housing programs.  Since that time, the Legislature allocated an additional $2 million per year in continued support of MIH activities.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The MIH program serves the needs of moderate-income households, those families that cannot afford market-rate housing, yet don't qualify for federal housing assistance. MIH grants and/or loans are awarded to cities and counties to develop multi-family rental units, single-family for-purchase homes, and water, sewer and street extensions in communities with populations fewer than 60,000 people. MIH awards also help finance construction costs, rehabilitate unsafe or dilapidated vacant housing, and offer down-payment and closing-cost assistance to homebuyers.


Progress Report

Numerous employers are expanding and adding jobs in the Pittsburg area, including Pittsburg State University, Via Christi Medical Center, Pitt Plastics, Sugar Creek Packing, Atkinson Industries, Pittsburg Community Schools, Wal-Mart Super Center and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. The top priority in the City’s Vision 2030 strategic plan is housing. Pittsburg received $280,000 in MIH funding to develop infrastructure to support construction of ten single-family homes for sale. The grant will also assist homebuyers with down-payment and closing-cost assistance or a mortgage buy down. The city donated the land and provided a real estate tax rebate through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.  Currently five homes have been completed and sold and the remaining five are under construction.  

Unified Greeley County is a progressive community located on Kansas’ western border, home to the towns of Tribune and Horace.  After decades of decline, recent small business and agricultural industry expansion has led to a severe shortage of available workforce housing, especially rental properties.  Experiencing marked population growth and significant school enrollment increases in spite of the lack of available housing, Unified Greeley County must find a way to address the community’s housing shortage in order to continue to grow.  Unified Government of Greeley County was awarded $115,000 to construct two duplex units with an anticipated completion date of the first duplex in August, 2015.


Located at the intersection of US Highway 183 & K-18, Plainville is the largest community in Rooks County.  Over the past decade the citizens of Plainville have worked to improve infrastructure and quality of life for their fellow citizens.  Over that period the City has worked to replace 100 year old water lines, installed new water meters and storm drainage improvements.  The City also plans to replace the existing streets in the business district 1/3 at a time.  A housing assessment done in 2013 showed that Plainville is in need of rental housing and only three houses listed for sale in the community at the time of application.  The City of Plainville was awarded $362,000 to build six homes that will be offered for sale.  The homes will be constructed on a lot that will be vacant after an old hospital is demolished.  As of July, 2015 the County is taking bids for the asbestos removal which will be done before the building is demolished.


Defining the Need

The need for moderate-income* workforce housing in Kansas is great. Currently, there are 97 counties and over 600 communities in Kansas, which have a population of fewer than 60,000, that are eligible to apply for the MIH Program. These communities comprise approximately 68 percent of the State of Kansas’ total population. Many areas are experiencing or have opportunities for economic development and job growth, but the lack of adequate, affordable housing is making new expansion extremely challenging.


State Housing Trust Fund

Created in 1991 and administered by KHRC, the State Housing Trust Fund (SHTF) is essentially a discretionary, interest-bearing trust account for the purpose of administering housing programs and services. While many state housing trust funds around the country have robust designated revenue streams from taxes on such things as real estate sales or recording fees, the Kansas SHTF does not have a sustained funding source. Kansas SHTF activities are funded instead through infrequent and diminishing revenue streams, such as MRB and multi-family bond issuance fees. A summary of SHTF activities can be found here.

Leverage Factor

The leverage factor the MIH program has achieved to date is impressive. With approximately $6.3 million in state funding, local municipalities leveraged an additional $51.5 million in private investment, a rarely seen leverage ratio of $8.20 for every $1 in state resources.

Eligible Applicants

Cities and counties with a population fewer than 60,000 are eligible for MIH funding. Applicants are allowed to partner or contract with outside entities or individuals, including but not limited to public housing authorities, non-profits, community housing development organizations, developers and local employers.

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