The city of Emporia is seeing great success with its new Infill Housing Program.
The program is a result of a grant issued by the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation. The $180,000 grant is used to run the moderate income assistance program, which builds affordable housing in older Emporia neighborhoods.
City housing specialist Jeff Lynch was a recent guest on KVOE's Newsmaker Two segment and explained exactly how the program operates.
Construction of the new homes is taking place in already existing plots and neighborhoods purchased by the city. Lynch says doing this helps keep the costs low and allows for improvements on older existing neighborhoods.
Originally the plan was for the city to be able to build six new houses. However; costs of the first home, located at 920 Woodland Street, came in lower than originally anticipated. This may allow for an additional home to be built through the program in the future. Currently, construction of the program's second home, located on South Cottonwood Street, is in progress.
If you have questions or would like to apply for the program contact Jeff Lynch at 343-4285, or visit his office located at 521 Market Street inside the Municipal Court Building.