WICHITA — United Methodist Open Door has signed a contract to buy the former state unemployment office at Second and Topeka to house a resource and referral center for the homeless.
The cost of the building was $1.26 million.
United Methodist Open Door has raised $2 million of a total $5.4 million for the project.
It needs to raise another $3 million for renovations, said Deann Smith, executive director.
The 36,000-square-foot building needs a new boiler system, energy-efficient windows, plumbing and other renovations to meet medical privacy requirements.
The center will accommodate 150 people. It will provide basic services for the homeless as well as be a central location for a variety of agencies that deal with the homeless.
The renovation fundraising campaign will last until Aug. 1, Smith said.
The goal is to be in the building by the end of the year, she said.