Johnson County provides $1M for affordable housing projects

Gardner, Kan. – On Thursday, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 6-0 to approve a plan to donate $1 million toward one. affordable housing project in Gardner.

The county will provide $1 million in HOME funding to support the development of Prairiebrooke Townhomes at West 174th and Killcreek Road.

HOME funds are federal dollars given to counties from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated to create affordable housing options for low-income residents.

Location of Prairiebrooke Townhomes

“This is an important project in Johnson County. We have heard from Johnson County residents that they want the county to be part of finding solutions to our housing shortage as well as housing affordability challenges. This meets that criteria in a very affordable way,” said Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick .

The Kansas City-based nonprofit Oikos Development Corporation (ODC) is the developer for the project.

Prairiebrooke will consist of 20, 4-plex and duplex townhouse styles containing 76 units.

Sixty of the proposed townhomes will be low-income two- and three-bedroom units for households earning below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Six of the units will be HOME-assisted units for families with incomes below 50% AMI and include four two-bedroom and two three-bedroom townhomes. The remaining units will be market price townhomes.

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