Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. came into existence on January 22, 1989 at a Housing Meeting where the housing needs of low-income families were discussed at length. A woman by the name Helen Rosenblad discovered that there were no resources available for single mothers who didn't have the financial security and/or knowledge to keep their house in good repair. United with her church she began to help single mothers in the community meet their housing needs.
Two short years later Helen, along with Jack Mace, Steve Showalter, Wayne Hochstetler and Randy Miller formed IHS, a non-profit organization that would assist individuals of low to moderate income to meet their housing needs. During this time, our current President John Scott became involved in the organization. In those days, all the work was funded out of the pockets of IHS leadership, volunteers, churches and family members of clients. In 1991, Interfaith Housing Services incorporated and became a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
IHS HISTORICAL MOMENTS
- 2014 - With funding through United Way, The Take Control Program was created. It is a financial wellness opportunity to help you ultimately achieve financial freedom.
- 2014 – Awarded the Mutual Self-Help Housing grant. MSHH is a program in which families and individuals with low to moderate income work as a team to help each other build their dream home with the guidance of a construction supervisor.
- 2012 - Awarded the Federal Home Loan Bank grant. FHLB serves those with low to moderate incomes with the down payment on a new home or in repairing their current home.
- 2012 - Interfaith Housing Services created the first ever Volunteer House. Volunteers are vital to the work of Interfaith Housing Services and helping hands are critical to our mission of serving low and moderate-income households in our communities. Since our inception, caring people have come from all across the country to help us address housing issues in the community. Part of the beauty of volunteer labor is that it allows us to keep costs low. However finding adequate housing for these groups is difficult. We acquired a house at 715 E. Ave. B in Hutchinson and rehabilitated it for housing these valuable groups.
- 2011 - IDA Program renamed CASH as we found IDA was hard to relate to. Therefore, the name was changed to CASH; Creating Assets, Savings and Hope.
- 2010 - Interfaith Housing Services addressed the needs for Emergency Housing in Reno County. Families who are displaced from their home due to a fire, natural disaster, abusive situation or similar circumstances were welcome to stay in their home. This home is provided rent free for a few weeks while they work to rebuild their life.
- 2009 – With the addition of the KWAP, we were able to expand our services to Western Kansas and added an office and later the Sante Fe Townhomes in Dodge City.
- 2009 – Joined the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program (KWAP) and we currently provide weatherization services to 25 counties across the state. At no charge to the client, it improves heating efficiency and fuel savings by ensuring homes hold heat and air-conditioning in, while keeping the hot and cold air out.
- 2008 – Acquired the West Acres Apartments in Harper County which targets low to moderate income family households to have quality housing at a reasonable price. Additionally, Sunrise Ridge Townhomes were built to accommodate seniors with low to moderate income.
- 2008 – Established Individual Development Account Program (IDA). It is designed to help low to moderate income individuals. IHS matches every $1.00 saved with $2.00 from our IDA fund. Participants can save money for First Time Homeownership; Homeowner Occupied Housing Repair, Post-Secondary Education, Specialized Skills Training, or Small Business Capitalization.
- 2003 - IHS partnered with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility and the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center to build homes for the 1HOP and Special Needs Rental Program. IHS provided all materials for 2 to 3 bedroom homes built on the HCF grounds by inmates in the vocational training program. Once completed, the houses were moved to vacant lots in the community. The program provided the community with affordable housing while assisting inmates in obtaining skills for a new life.
- 1993 - Began our First Homeownership Opportunity Program (1HOP). IHS successfully assisted thirty-eight individuals or families with the purchase of their first home.
- 1991 - IHS was Incorporated as a 501(3)(C) Not for Profit Organization.
- 1989 – Interfaith Housing Services began providing Homeowner Repair and Rehabiliation. HRR assists households whose income is less than 80% of the area median income in making repairs necessary to keep their home livable.
All of the things Interfaith Housing Services accomplishes would not be possible without the support of the community. Donations and Volunteers are what make this work possible to change the lives of so many in our communities. Whether it is a $25, $250 or $2,500 donation, a gift left in someone’s will or estate, or a few hours of labor - it all makes a difference.
Interfaith Housing Services shall continue its mission to develop, promote, and implement programs which assist persons of low to moderate incomes to meet their housing needs.