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The Kitchen, Inc. Breaks Ground on McClernon Villas

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Sept. 23, 2016)— Today, The Kitchen, Inc. celebrated the ground breaking of McClernon Villas, a housing development which helps meet one the our community’s most critical needs—affordable permanent housing. The building of the McClernon development is the result of collaboration between several organizations, including The Kitchen, Inc. partnering with Housing Plus, L.L.C., Wallace Architects, and supporting tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission.


The ground breaking of McClernon Villas is a testament to this community’s progress toward ending homelessness. It provides an additional 36 units of affordable permanent housing for income-qualified seniors and disabled individuals, including six units for formerly homeless veterans and their families. McClernonVillas will be comprised of two-bedroom apartments and will also include a community center.


McClernon Villas is located in north Springfield at 1320 E. McClernon St. Community support is vital to the continued success of The Kitchen, Inc. and the services it provides to homeless and at-risk individuals, families, children, youth and veterans.



The Kitchen, Inc. fosters stability and purpose in the lives of individuals and families through dignity, compassion and accountability. Within our diverse community of connected services, we offer resources to meet immediate needs and a plan that actively engages progress toward a positive future.  Our clients experience the benefits of their own efforts.  And the stories of self-sufficiency and success are theirs and theirs alone.



The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) was created in 1969 by the General Assembly and is an instrumentality of the state of Missouri, which constitutes a body corporate and politic. MHDC administers, and provides financing for, the construction of affordable housing. The Commission administers the federal and Missouri Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs, the Affordable Housing Assistance Program Tax Credit (AHAP), federal HOME funds, and the direct funding of several housing assistance programs. Further, the Commission administers homeless assistance funds for permanent housing in an effort to end homelessness in Missouri. The Commission also provides advisory, consultative, training and educational services to non-profit housing organizations. The Commission includes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Attorney General and six persons appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

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