Eight Kansas communities will receive a combined total of $2 million to develop affordable housing for moderate-income households. The funding, made possible through the state of Kansas’ Moderate Income Housing (MIH) program, provides grants or loans to develop housing and support homeownership programs in cities or counties with populations of less than 60,000.
Combined with the amount leveraged by each community to support the proposed initiatives, the awards represent a total investment of $20.6 million and a net gain of 83 affordable, quality homes for rural communities across the state.
This year’s awards will help convert a historic school building into rental apartments in Hays, fund infrastructure and construction of 24 homes in Salina, and provide down payment assistance for new homeowners in Meade and Lincoln County, among other initiatives. See the complete 2021 MIH award list online.
The MIH program is the state’s sole housing appropriation from the Kansas Legislature. 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 competitive application and award process.
With a 2021 MIH budget of $2 million, Kansas currently allocates roughly $.69 per citizen to housing. This year’s MIH award cycle included 28 applications requesting a total of $8.7 million in assistance. Each award is limited to no more than $400,000 per community.
A self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation, Kansas Housing helps Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the state’s housing finance agency, administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.