A local program that has already proved its success in developing housing in Great Bend has received the support of city officials in an effort to locate another 22 units in the coming months.
The Great Bend City Council has unanimously approved a resolution of support for the next Housing Opportunities Inc. program.
According to information from the city, the project, which would be located in the Northglenn Addition, would “consist of 11 duplexes, containing a total of 22 units and a community room.”
The development is targeted for elderly residents — made up of those people who are 55 and older.
According to a report from the city, the development will be located on 31st Street, just east of Washington and the rental units will also feature: “major appliances, attached single car garage and electric door opener, keyless entry, trash pick up, lawn care and snow removal.”
HOI Executive Director Vicky Dayton reported to county officials recently that the organization has, since 1995, developed 134 new income-based rental units and 57 single-family homes in its service area, with Barton County receiving the bulk of development with 90 of the rental units and 54 of the houses.
The need is great, Dayton said. HOI has in excess of 200 names on its waiting list, in part because of the good deal the properties are for renters. “Most of our apartments stay full 100 percent of the time,” she told the Barton County Commissioners.