WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita City Council approved the use of federal funding to develop the 316 Hotel, located at 1011 Topeka Ave, into affordable housing. The city will collaborate with Continuum of Care to provide the funding to HumanKind Ministries to purchase the hotel.
Council Member Claycomb worked several intense months with a group of local businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as, several city departments to be able to purchase the building. Because CARES funding was involved, the deal had to be completed by the end of 2020.
Both public and private funds will help transform the property into studio apartments, a 56-unit supportive permanent housing complex specifically aimed at helping our community’s most vulnerable residents. The program is currently being called the 316 Hotel Project and will serve those who are homeless or experiencing housing insecurity.
This joint initiative comes at a time when The City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the business community and the nonprofit community are concentrating their efforts to positively impact Wichita’s mental health services, education, job training, substance abuse assistance and more.