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Independence affordable housing units to receive help through nonprofit grant

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 16:18:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence apartment complex will receive updates thanks to a recently awarded grant.

Preservation of Affordable House (POAH), a national nonprofit housing developer, received a $2 million grant and two years of technical assistance valued at $500,000 through the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, according to a news release.

POAH owns 1,538 complexes in Missouri, including the Hawthorne Apartments, which has 745 affordable housing units.

Enterprise Community Partners and Wells Fargo awarded the grants.

POAH, as part of the grants, will implement its Trauma-Resilient Communities project, which aims "to work with residents and staff to explore trauma-informed innovations in resident services," the release stated.

The project also will "look at resident services, property management practices and physical design to create a more equitable model for affordable housing that reduces evictions, improves resident and staff retention; promotes healthy, physical design; and contributes to individual and community resiliency," according to the release.

POAH will partner with The Center for Trauma Informed Innovation at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri, and its current partner, the Community Services League in Independence, through the project.