The Kitchen will host a ribbon cutting on a new affordable housing development Tuesday, August 29 at 11am. The property, located at 550 N Duke Ave, is Maplewood Villas, a 44-unit affordable housing development designed for low-income and formerly homeless seniors—especially Veterans. The project is funded by the Missouri Housing Development Commission, MHEG, CRA Investments, the City of Springfield, and the Bank of Missouri.
Maplewood Villas includes 44 two-bedroom, one-bathroom units for seniors 55 and older. All units are ground-floor accessible units. 11 units have been set aside specifically to serve homeless Veterans. A portion of units has also been set aside for extremely low-income residents.
The development includes significant green space and a community building with a pavilion. The community building will offer a gathering space for residents, computer lab with internet access, and office space for community case workers and partners. The Kitchen will provide an onsite case manager to support residents, connect residents with community resources, and organize events that promote community building.
Maplewood Villas is a service enriched development to ensure residents are able to maintain their housing and will not return to homelessness. Service enriched developments build a sense of community among residents and can improve quality of life for older adults living on their own.
The ribbon cutting is open to the public. Join The Kitchen at 550 N Duke Ave at 11am on August 29. Directions from W Chestnut Expressway: turn north on N Duke Ave. Drive 0.25 miles. The groundbreaking will be on the right. Parking available along Duke Ave and Maple St.
About The Kitchen, Inc.
The Kitchen brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Dedicated staff, collaboration with community organizations, and community support allow us to end homelessness for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.