In 2007, a group of community members met regularly to find solutions to the community’s lack of affordable housing. They realized that it was having a negative effect on families and the community as a whole. Recognizing the need for healthy housing must be available to families of every economic level, in 2008 they formed McPherson Housing Coalition, Inc. And so MHC began providing affordable housing opportunities to families in the community.
Our desire to help the underserved has not changed and continues to be our goal. Not only do we work to meet immediate housing and safety needs, but we also work with clients to move past current situations, toward housing and financial stability.
Today, the organization sponsors the county-wide Brush Up Mac event every spring. Under the Emergency Solutions Grant from HUD, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Programs help low-income families with children with rent and utilities.
In addition, MHC has sponsored two low-income housing tax-credit properties. We continue to look for opportunities to provide low-income housing for the community. What’s the answer? An apartment building? Tiny houses? Low-income rentals as part of new housing tracts? The possibilities are exciting – and challenging. The aim is to create a community where everyone can afford a decent place to live and take pride in their neighborhood.
The availability of affordable, good-quality homes is the solution to our city’s problem of inadequate housing. How can we do this? Here are a few ideas:
Start a Home Ownership program to help those who have steady income but are unable to save enough money for a down payment on a home.
Create a Renters Workshop to help clients understand what their rights and responsibilities.
Create good relationships with area landlords, bridging the gap between low-income clients and the middle class.Anyone interested in helping with home construction is invited to contact Chris Goodson at (620) 241-7828 x 11 or
1. Increase the availability of affordable, safe, good-quality housing.
2. Improve community quality of life and economic vitality across the county of McPherson.
3. Promote self-sufficiency and asset development of families and individuals.
4. Ensure Equal Opportunity in Housing for all McPherson families.
Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty affecting 15% or more of McPherson residents