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The Great Bend Housing Authority High Rise at 1101 Kansas Avenue is a project and income-based Section 8 apartment building. The High Rise has more than 80 units, consisting of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Applicants must meet income guidelines and pass a background check before being determined to be eligible for the program. Once approved to live in the High Rise, the rent is approximately 30% of the household income and electric, water, and trash utilities are included at no additional cost. Residents pay for cable, phone, and internet.


The facility is locked evenings, weekends, and holidays with on-site security personnel to ensure safety for the residents. The apartments are unfurnished, but with stove and refrigerator provided. Coin operated laundry is available on the premises. 


Rent is approximately 30% of household income, with income limitations as listed below:

1 Person Households

Income Limit - $33,420

2 Person Households

Income Limit - $38,160

3 Person Households

Income Limit - $42,960

Brick Wall


After more than 50 years, the Great Bend Housing Authority is proud to be renovating all of the 80+ apartments at the High Rise with new cabinets, fixtures, flooring, and finishes. The exposed brick and impressive downtown views are among the many attractions that draw people to live in the beautiful high rise building. 

  • Downtown Living with Small Town Feel

  • Listed on a National Historic Landmarks Registry

  • Secure Building with Full-Time Staff

  • Walking Distance of Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

  • Subsidized Rates Available for Qualified Section 8 Applicants

  • Beautiful Views & Lots of Natural Light

  • Electric, Gas, Water, and Trash Utilities Included

  • Cable, Phone, and Internet Available at Tenant's Expense

Download an application, fill out our online application, or pick up a paper application from our office at 1101 Kansas Avenue in downtown Great Bend. Call our friendly staff if you have any questions: 620-793-7761.


At the end of 2022, we celebrated the completion of Phase One of the massive $16 million renovation happening at The High Rise Apartments. This means that over 80 brand new units are available to our current tenants and the people on our waiting list. While availability changes every day, we encourage you to contact us if you're interested in downtown living at the High Rise. These low-income apartments have been completely renovated inside and out, and offer stunning views with all utilities paid. Browse a few photos from the completed apartments, and check back often for more updates!

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$16 Million Renovation

In 2021, the Great Bend Housing Authority broke ground on a $16 million renovation of the entire 12-floor apartment building located in downtown Great Bend. The building was originally constructed in 1971, so the overhaul was much-needed after fifty years of providing affordable housing for low income families in Barton County. Phase one of the renovation was completed in January 2022 and phase two of the renovation was completed at the end of the year. Check out some of the photos of the progress:

“Very well maintained and secure for residents and visitors.”

- Google Review from Susan Gable

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