Kansas Housing awards $2.3 million for rural housing development

House on tree-lined corner street.
Former elementary school site converted to single-family homes in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Thirteen Kansas communities will receive a combined total of $2.3 million to develop affordable housing for moderate-income families. The funding, made possible through the state of Kansas’ Moderate Income Housing (MIH) program and supplemental Kansas Housing funding, awards grants or loans to develop multi-family rental units, single family homes, and water, sewer, and street extensions in cities or counties with populations of fewer than 60,000.

“Since 2012, the Kansas Legislature has recognized the need for quality, affordable housing for those who do not qualify for federal housing assistance, yet cannot afford market rate housing,” Kansas Housing Executive Director Ryan Vincent said. “From workforce housing serving the agriculture industry in western Kansas, to repurposing an abandoned elementary school block into affordable single-family homes in southeast Kansas, we’ve seen countless examples of how the program has addressed housing shortages in rural communities across the state. This year MIH applications doubled, demonstrating the ongoing need for this crucial assistance.”

This year’s awards will help rehabilitate a vacant long-term care facility into affordable rental units in Osage City, help develop a five-unit subdivision for single family homes in Sedgwick, and will help expand a homebuyer assistance program in Lyons. See full details for all 13 awards.

Kansas Housing administers the MIH program at no cost to the state. The Legislature allocates funding on a pass-through basis, and Kansas Housing manages the application and award process.

The MIH program is the state’s sole housing appropriation from the Kansas Legislature. With a 2019 MIH budget of $2 million, Kansas currently allocates roughly $.69 per citizen to housing.

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A self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation, Kansas Housing helps Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. For more information about the Moderate Income Housing program, please contact Program Director Alissa Ice at aice@kshousingcorp.org or visit our website at www.kshousingcorp.org.

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Income Guidelines

Household Size Maximum Income for Weatherization (200% of FPL)
1  $  25,520
2  $  34,480
3  $  43,440
4  $  52,400
5  $  61,360
6  $  70,320
7  $  79,280
8  $  88,240
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