Wichita public housing to be rebuilt, rehabilitated

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Hundreds of public housing units in Wichita will be rebuilt starting next year. 

The Wichita Housing Authority is part of a new, federally funded rental assistance pilot program.  Five hundred seventy-eight public housing units will be rehabilitated or rebuilt. 

"We're going to take the house down to the studs and frames, and so we're going to rebuild and improve the infrastructure," said Housing & Community Services Director John Hall. 

The Wichita Housing Authority program ensures residents have access to affordable housing.  Residents get federal rental assistance so they pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted gross income toward rent. 

"It's going to give individuals more pride in where they live," said tenant Andra Martin.

The entire city of Wichita will benefit.  The project includes an estimated $60 million in construction.  

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