Sedgwick County on Tuesday celebrated the first Kansas resident to benefit from a program that aims to keep foreclosed homes from becoming a nuisance to neighborhoods.
The federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program allows nonprofit or governmental entities, such as the county, to buy foreclosed properties, which can then be rehabilitated or demolished and redeveloped.
The county's housing department, with Power Community Development Corp. and the South Central Kansas Economic Development District, coordinated program funds to build a new house and provide financing for new homeowner Lavonne Ratcliff of Wichita.
She closed on her home in the 1300 block of North Ohio earlier this month.
Other partners in the program are Community Housing Services, Habitat for Humanity and Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services.