Topeka city officials joined Sheltered Living leaders and clients in breaking ground on an accessible housing project Wednesday.
Sheltered Living serves people with disabilities.
It's partnering with Medallion Homes to build three new duplexes near SW 41st and Wanamaker. Shelter Living Executive Director Lisa Gates says each unit will have five bedrooms, giving a total of 30 Sheltered Living clients long-term places to live.
Gates says clients who enter Sheltered Living's services are usually with the organization for the rest of their lives. She says they need to be a part of the community and live in neighborhoods, but they need to live in a place that will be accessible to them as they age and their mobility needs change. The new duplexes offer a long-term solution, so clients don't have to move every couple years as new needs develop.
Gates says it will also help to not have so many clients spread out across town.