Highlands Apartments provides affordable housing for low-income families

During the most recent Chamber Coffee, Andrea Ramm of the Highlands Apartments provided information about the housing available to Fort Scott residents who meet the income requirements, while also displaying one of the apartments for tours.

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The complex has been in the community since 2003 and has 48 units of two- and 3-bedroom apartments with washer and dryer hookups and other amenities. The complex also holds regular community events such as monthly potlucks for the residents.

The complex is income-restricted, with residents required to make no more than 60 percent of the median household income, which for a one-person family is currently under $26,000, increasing for additional family members.

Currently, the apartments are offering move-in specials of $200 off the first month’s rent and no application fee for those wanting to move into the complex.

“It’s a wonderful place and we need to have it filled,” said Lindsay Madison, director of the chamber of commerce.

Heather Smith was also recognized for serving as the president of the Young Professionals League for the past two years. She is now the treasurer of the group that meets monthly.

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Other announcements included:

  • Fort Scott and the Fort Scott High School booster club will host the annual youth basketball tournament this weekend, with about 29 teams participating in games at different school gyms as well as the Buck Run Community Center.
  • On Sunday, the Common Ground Coffee Co. will host a going-away event, 12-2 p.m., for the previous manager Dav Mohler. Visitors are encouraged to bring finger foods to the event.
  • Country Place Senior Living, the assisted living facilities being constructed near Horton and 9th streets, is partnering with Mercy Hospital to host a virtual dementia tour to help those who may have friends or family members with dementia. The hospital will host the event Monday and Tuesday, January 25 and 26.
  • After completing recent renovations, Bids & Dibs will hold after hours Thursday, Jan. 28, in order to display recent changes as well as additions to their stock.
  • Common Ground Coffee Co. will host a concert by a Fort Scott Middle School teacher Friday evening, Jan. 29.
  • Care to Share will hold a pool tournament fundraiser at the Holmtown Pub with a silent auction on January 30. Registration is $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
  • Preparations are being made for the Arts Festival to be held in Fort Scott, April 7-9. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to share details with the community to increase the interest and involvement in the event.

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