Over the past year, AARP Kansas City partnered with the Westside Housing Organization and Emerging Builders to combat the affordable housing issue in the city and remodel a home in the Lykins neighborhood.
After surveying members in 2019, AARP found that Kansas City residents were facing a plethora of livability issues such as pedestrian safety, transportation, and affordable housing that negatively affected their ability to age in place.
As a result of this survey, AARP Kansas City and Westside Housing Organization and Emerging Builders, a local nonprofit that rehabs and sells properties to low-income families at below-market value, decided to renovate a years-vacant home on Norton Avenue and transform it into a location perfect for aging in place.
In addition to its four bedrooms and two and a half baths, this home has a fully ADA accessible ground floor. Outside of the home, there is off-street parking, a built-in wheelchair ramp, and a front and back deck. Other features include a kitchen, living room, and dining room on the main floor along with laundry, a front yard, and a sizable backyard.
The home was completed in October 2020, and a happy family was able to move in right before the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope they love their new house!