KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Construction is nearing completion on an apartment complex in Kansas City, Kansas that will provide housing for some of the metro’s poorest families.
A total of 60 units will be available for families currently or at risk of homelessness.
The apartment complex, named Eileen’s Place, is made possible by a private donor and the Metro Lutheran Ministry.
âKCK lacks affordable housing,â said Becky Poitras, director of development at Metro Lutheran Ministry. “There are hundreds of families who have Section 8 vouchers, but they cannot find a unit that will pass a housing quality inspection.”
A spokesperson for the Wyandotte County Unified Government told 41 Action News that his community, like many others, has “experienced an overwhelming housing demand in the market over the past year, which has impact on the cost of housing “.
The rent at Eileen’s Place will be 30% of the renters’ income thanks to the vouchers in section 8.
âIt’s a low barrier,â Poitras said. âYou can’t deny them housing because they have a history of drug use or because they have a history of incarceration. There are very few things they are denied housing for.
But the goal is not only to put a permanent roof over their heads. There will be two case managers on site who will provide financial, employment and life skills coaching.
The clubhouse will also include a computer lab, ensuring residents have internet access to search for jobs and do their homework.
âThere is a grocery store about a mile away. There are jobs within walking distance. The bus line is right behind us,â Poitras said.
After seven years of planning and building, they’re putting the finishing touches on before families start moving in at the end of the month.
âEileen’s Place is going to be a second chance for families at risk,â Poitras said. “To be able to take that next step and be successful in life.”
For more information, to request a unit or to make a donation, visit the Lutheran Metro Ministry website.