affordable housing

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The City of Wichita plans to renovate all of its public housing units beginning next summer.

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The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County are in the process of consolidating their housing authority programs to help provide more efficient service.

Under the new agreement, Wichita will take over Sedgwick County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps income-eligible renters find housing on the private market.

Currently, the Wichita Housing Authority administers 2700 vouchers within city limits. Sedgwick County’s housing authority—which also covers Butler and Harvey counties--administers about 340 vouchers.

The City of Wichita is hosting a free expo Saturday for residents looking for housing assistance and resources.

The second annual Housing Expo will include more than 70 vendors and have various workshops to help people find housing around Wichita, whether it’s advice on purchasing a house or help finding affordable housing.

Next week, the City of Wichita will begin accepting applications from income-eligible households seeking rental assistance. This marks the first time in more than a year that new applications will be accepted.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program will take applications starting Monday, Feb. 22. The program provides rental assistance for low-income residents and, thanks to a $1 million funding increase from the federal government, it will be able to serve 500 additional households this year.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is asking for proposals for using $2 million in state funding for rural moderate-income housing.

The program is open to communities across Kansas with populations of less than 60,000 residents. The grants and loans are for building multi-family or single-family housing, to rehabilitate housing and to build utility extensions to support new developments.