What you probably know: CHWC works to create healthy, resilient neighborhoods, and one of the ways we do this is by building high-quality homes. What you may not know: To a degree, our mission is reflected in our home design.   Today, we’re giving you a glimpse of several of our ongoing projects and highlighting…

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On the evening of September 6th, 253 friends and partners of CHWC gathered on the elegantly-decorated rooftop at The Legends for a relaxing evening of music, drinks, food, and fireworks. The celebration, which will be an annual tradition, is called the “Rooftop Party for Rooftops;” the name captures the energy and care of a community that enables us to…

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This September 6th, CHWC will host a rooftop party to honor long-time volunteer and Wyandotte County native Jeff Lipp with the Monsignor Tom Tank Continue the Legacy, Center Circle Award. Past recipients of this award include Monsignor Tom Tank, Joe Reardon, Craig and Karen Gaffney, Jim Owens, Susan Carroll, and Tom Bickimer. Over the years, Jeff…

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“I still can’t believe it.” Those were some of Karen Marcel’s first words when Claudia Flores and I sat down to talk with her about her new home. Karen moved into the house in mid-June. Since then, it’s evident that she has been busy making it her own. As she greeted us and led us…

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The St. Benedict neighborhood is now home to six new residents, and this family couldn’t be happier with their new home. The Rais, a Bhutanese family who immigrated to the US in 2014 from a refugee camp in Nepal, closed on a CHWC-built new home on Thursday, November 29. The Rais’ journey to having a home of…

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When most people think about becoming a homeowner, all they see is that final picture: Keys in hand, closing the freshly-painted front door behind them. But there is a lot of work that goes into becoming a homeowner. One of the most important first steps is to become informed about the mortgaging process. Another is learning how…

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On any given day at Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC), you may find aspiring homeowners originating from a wide variety of countries visiting our office. The rich tapestry of our diverse Kansas City, Kan., population makes our community a place of delicious food and fun cultural traditions. Recently, CHWC participated in the Mexican tradition…

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CHWC is proud to have served many immigrant and refugee clients. Their individual stories of strength and persistence to overcome extremely challenging circumstances never cease to amaze us. Gopal and Dil Kalikotay’s story begins in Nepal where they lived in a refugee camp for 18 years before they were finally able to immigrate to the…

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A lot of people keep journals. It’s a handy way to voice your dreams, celebrate your triumphs and work through the tribulations of everyday life. Few document the path to homeownership, however. Claudia Flores did. She started her journal in October 2014 and titled her first entry, “The Beginning.” In it, she introduces herself, husband…

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Gabriela Martinez recently purchased a house with the help of CHWC’s Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA). Gabriela lives with her 11-year-old son, Diego, and her mother Rita. They are from Mexico City, Mexico, and have lived in KCK for 17 years. Gabriela began her journey in May 2017 by attending CHWC’s Homebuyer Education Class and one-on-one counseling. CHWC’s HUD-approved…

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