New project to bring more affordable senior housing to Abilene

ABILENE, Kan. (KSNW) – There’s a continuing need for affordable housing for Kansas seniors.

Community leaders broke ground in Abilene on Tuesday for a new senior living community. It will have 16 duplexes, with a total of 32 units.

Those who are at least 55 years old must also meet income requirements to live there. As the state’s population continues to age, there’s an increasing need for housing for seniors on a fixed income.

“Our baby boomer generation is now 35% of our population. That is something that is not just a local concern, it’s something we’re addressing statewide and nationwide is affordable retirement housing,” said Jessica Goodale, the executive director of the Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation.

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“By building these types of projects for seniors, it allows them to stay in their community but in age appropriate housing,” said Alissa Ice, the director for housing of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

The housing project in Abilene is being supported by Mennonite Housing and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

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