The parking lot previously serving the Montgomery Ward shopping center will soon contain the city’s newest affordable housing development.

The CityServe Network, a Bakersfield-based collection of churches, and the Housing Authority of the County of Kern have received a $29.9 million state grant to build 126 units of affordable housing. About 28 percent of the units will be reserved for foster youth, with the remainder serving the general population.

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