HumanKind gets $1,200 to help fund affordable housing complex

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 9:12 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - HumanKind Ministries is converting the old 316 Hotel on N. Broadway into a 54-unit permanent, supportive housing complex to be called The Studios at HumanKind.

KWCH and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers gave a $1,200 Helping Hand to support the ongoing services the organization will provide to help people rise out of homelessness,

The Studios at HumanKind will provide permanent housing, extensive case management, and support services to help clients address challenges such as substance abuse, job placement, and access to health care.

“A lot of our homeless have pretty much nothing when they’re transitioning into housing. These units will be furnished and all-bills-paid,” said Christen Sampamurthy, Director of Programs.

According to HumanKind, across Kansas, there is a shortage of affordable rental units for extremely low-income (ELI) households, with just 41 homes per 100 ELI renter households. Of these, the organization said 70 percent are severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than half of their income on housing.

HumanKind reports in Sedgwick County alone there are more than 600 individuals and families facing homelessness on any given night. This data does not include people who are staying in a hotel, with a friend, in a treatment facility, or in jail.

“HumanKind’s investment in The Studios means a path to independent living for even more Wichitans and a start to uplifting the Broadway Corridor,” said Bill Williams, President and CEO of HumanKind Ministries. “Our vision to end homelessness is a big one and it cannot be achieved without tackling the affordable housing crisis. We are committed to creating more opportunities like this for the Wichita community.”

The renovations are expected to be complete by late summer 2021.

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