Two homes were built in Newton — thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a federal grant.
The Board of Harvey County Commissioners heard a report from a  representative of the South Central Kansas Economic District concerning the grant at the commission meeting on Monday.
The district worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Harvey County and Habitat to bring a $247,244 grant to the county and build two homes in Newton. A third family was assisted with the purchase of a house in Halstead.
“We were able to work with (South Central Kansas Economic District), the Department of Commerce and an existing program to use federal dollars in the community,” said John Waltner, Harvey County administrator. “Habitat four Humanity normally has to fund-raise to defray costs and buy materials. They have a volunteers, but this program helped people who might not have had houses to have homes.”
The homes were built for two single mothers, who each have two children. Both family’s incomes had to be at or below 120 percent of the area median income.