Great news for the Kickapoo Housing Authority: Moving forward with LIHTC development!

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) recently awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) to the Kickapoo Housing Authority (KHA) for its Kickapoo Elder Housing Redevelopment. KHA will rehabilitate 17 elder units and the elder community facility on the Kickapoo Reservation in Horton, KS.

“The Kickapoo Housing Authority is thrilled to learn about our award of credits from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for our Kickapoo Elder Housing Redevelopment effort,” said KHA Executive Director Peggy Houston. “This critically important development will provide much needed improvements to elder housing in our community, including improvements to our community facility that provides free daily meals and other services to our tribal elders.”

The homes and community facility require significant updates — as they have not had extensive rehab or cosmetic updates since being built in 1980. The elder community facility’s needs have also significantly increased due to more elder services being housed in the building. The development will include many highly energy-efficient building materials and systems, which will bring long-term savings for both the tenants and the KHA.

“Leveraging our limited resources through the LIHTC program will reduce the utility burden for tenants, providing them with additional support toward self-sufficiency,” Peggy said.

Travois serves as the development consultant, architect and compliance manager for the project.

All income-restricted, non-manager units are set-aside for persons who are age 55 or older, and/or to a person with disabilities. It is anticipated that the current residents will qualify and will return to the units, once rehabilitation is finished. Rents will not increase beyond their current levels, which average about $25 per unit.

Congrats to KHA — we look forward to seeing this project come together!