Neighborhood Development. We did it
all on our own.
The program includes a welfare-to-work initiative.
Home construction is spearheaded by Goodwill Industries and Heartland Works,
which provide skills training and comprehensive support services for the
welfare-to-work participants who are being trained to fill the areas
shortage of skilled construction workers.
This is a homeownership and welfare-to-work
initiative combined, says Rooney. We are building homes and
lives together for a better Topeka.
The adjoining property owner, YMCA, has entered
into an agreement with the city to provide free YMCA memberships with no
application or processing fees to all future Shorey Estates low- to moderate-income
occupants. The YMCA converted the dilapidated community center of the previous
public-housing complex into a day care center for the children of low- to
The subdivision is within a Neighborhood Revitalization
Area (NRA). Homeowners may apply for a partial tax rebate within 60 days
of receiving a building permit. The rebate is good for a 10-year period.
Since commencing marketing efforts in July 1999, the city has nine homes
either under contract or completed. Six homes have low-moderate income purchasers,
and three purchasers are above low-moderate income. Six additional market
rate buyers have been pre-approved, and three additional low-moderate income
purchasers have pre-approval. Less than a year from project implementation,
the subdivision is more than 75 percent completed or obligated.
Contact: Kevin Rooney, Phone: (785) 368-4484
Tracking Number: 627
Winning Category: Program (Community Planning and Development)