Sayre breaks ground on housing complex

Sayre Christian Village broke ground Thursday on a $4.6 million expansion of its affordable housing complex that will provide 42 new apartments for senior citizens.

Sayre and city and federal officials broke ground at the village at 3816 Camelot Drive in south Lexington.

Sayre Christian Village already provides affordable housing and long-term care to over 300 low-income senior citizens.

Christian Benevolent Outreach, the parent organization that operates Sayre Christian Village, worked with the city and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city provided $300,000 in HOME funds to the project. The HOME Investment partnerships program is designed to increase the supply of affordable housing. The program is operated by HUD.

HUD provided Capital Advance Funds of about $4.3 million to Christian Benevolent Outreach. The grant program is designed for private non-profit corporations for the construction of affordable housing for low-income senior citizens.

“We have to work together to address the critical need for affordable housing in Lexington,” Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry said Thursday.

.Christian Benevolent Outreach is sponsored by a non-denominational fellowship of Christian churches and Churches of Christ.

“Sayre Christian Village has earned the reputation as an outstanding provider of quality affordable housing and long-term care for thousands of seniors who have resided on our campus since 1984,” said Bill English, executive director of Christian Benevolent Outreach.