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Moderate Income Housing Grant for Lincoln County

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation awarded Lincoln County a Moderate-Income Housing (MIH) program grant in the amount of $150,000 to develop affordable housing units. The goal will be to convert up to five (5) chronically vacant houses into viable and occupiable houses. By reinvesting in these long-vacant houses at a time when housing demand is high, the program will create new opportunities for families looking to move into the county or grow into a larger home, remove nuisances creating more attractive neighborhoods and communities, and boost property valuations generating new revenue for local government, schools, and services.

MIH grant funds can be used for down-payment assistance for the purchase and/or substantial rehabilitation of chronically vacant houses. Grant funds are up to 25% of the overall project cost with a maximum grant of $30,000. The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) is serving as grant administrator and coordinator for the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Houses targeted for MIH funding must meet the following criteria:
    • Have been vacant for at least five (5) years OR become vacant more recently but has a significant issue(s) that will likely result in the house remaining vacant if the issue(s) isn’t rectified.
    • Are 3 bedroom/2 bathroom to meet current housing demands OR will be after rehabilitation.
    • Must be located in Lincoln County.
    • Must not be located within the pending floodplain being drafted by FEMA or mitigation must occur to protect the property from flooding. (
    • End use must be an owner- or renter-occupied house. Seasonal residences, Airbnb’s or short-term rentals are not eligible.
  2. Individuals who apply for MIH funding must meet the following criteria:
    • Meet moderate income qualifications as outlined in at least one of the charts outlined in the application. The household occupying the house (either owner or renter) must meet moderate income qualification.
    • Have recently purchased the proposed house OR have a contract to purchase the proposed house. (Contract can be contingent upon MIH grant approval.) Property owners who have owned the proposed house for a long period of time and bear significant responsibility for the house being chronically vacant and/or falling into a state of disrepair will not be considered for the program.
    • Be current on all property taxes and utilities on all properties owned within Lincoln County.

Application Process
As a new program, the Moderate Income Housing Grant program application process is expected to be the following (check the full program guidelines and application for all details):

1) Submit an MIH application to the LCEDF office.
2) Application review and approval process.
3) Upon approval submit all MIH required documents within 30-60 days. The required documents may vary depending on the individual project.
4) Upon submission and approval of all documents, project begins.
5) Upon project completion (within 1 year), submit additional required documents for project close-out.

See additional requirements and details in the application. If you have questions on the Moderate Income Housing Program guidelines, application or process, please contact Kelly Gourley, Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, at 785-524-8954, by email:, or stop by the office in the basement of the county courthouse at 216 E. Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln, KS 67455.

The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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