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Kansas Housing Awards Rental Assistance Grants to 12 Agencies Statewide

Topeka – Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) has awarded approximately $1.3 million in Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to help struggling families obtain safe, quality housing of their choice. Funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, TBRA helps income-eligible households afford rental subsidies, utility deposits and security deposits. Twelve agencies from across the state will receive the TBRA grants announced today. “For many people in Kansas, rental assistance makes the difference between having a safe place to call home and being homeless, said Carolyn Rebek, TBRA Program Manager. “This funding will keep families off the street, lessen the strain on shelters and help stabilize communities.”

Providing up to two years of rental subsidy assistance, the funds help single parents, victims of domestic violence, senior citizens and persons with disabilities obtain affordable rental housing in their community. Households generally pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent. Security and utility deposit assistance is one-time-only and may be in the form of a loan or a grant. The assistance is portable, which means the tenant is not restricted to living in a particular apartment complex.

Awarded annually, TBRA grants are based on a community's housing needs, the number of households estimated to be served and the organization's experience in administering TBRA funding. Public housing authorities and non-profit organizations may apply for grants of up to $300,000.

The recipients of 2010 TBRA awards* are as follows:

Area Mental Health Center Rental Assistance, Security Deposits  $64,000 Finney and Ford CountyLance Stone (620) 227-5040
Bert Nash Rental Assistance, Security Deposits, Utility Deposits  $100,000 City of Lawrence and Douglas CountyCharlotte Knoche (785)842-8110
Breakthrough Club Rental Assistance  $100,000 City of Wichita and Sedgwick CountyJill Quigley (316)262-3160 X 125
Cowley County Mental Health Center Rental Assistance  $50,000 Cowley CountyKelly Stewart (620)221-9664
City of Ellsworth Rental Assistance, Security Deposits, Utility Deposits  $50,000 Ellsworth CountyDeAnne Hoch (785)472-5110
Independence Housing Authority Rental Assistance  $180,000 City of IndependenceApril Nutt (620)332-2536
Manhattan Housing Authority Rental Assistance, Security Deposits, Utility Deposits  $100,000 City of ManhattanPottawatomie CountyShauna Blankenship (785)776-8588
Pittsburg Housing Authority Security Deposits  $120,000 City of PittsburgDeena Hallacy (620) 232-1210 X 5
Riley County Public Housing Authority Security Deposits and Utility Deposits  $70,000 Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson,Ellsworth, Geary, Jewell, Lincoln,Marion, Mitchell, Morris, Ottawa,Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline,Wabaunsee CountiesJulie Midgley (785) 776-9294
Southeast Kansas Community Action Program Rental Assistance, Security Deposits and Utility Deposits  $275,000 Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua,Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn,Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson,Woodson CountiesCraig Chronister (620) 724-8204 X 1004
Southwest Guidance Center Rental Assistance and Security Deposits  $125,000 Meade, Haskell, Seward,Stevens CountiesBarbara Correll (620)624-0280 X 23
Wyandot Center for Behavioral Health Care Rental Assistance and Security Deposits  $50,000 Kansas City, Kansas inWyandotte CountyEdie Harrison (913) 287-0007































*2010 TBRA funding awards are not available to sub-grantees until January 15, 2011.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is a public corporation that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout Kansas. We serve as the primary administrator of federal housing programs on behalf of the State of Kansas. For more information about the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program, please contact Carolyn Rebek at 785-296-0090 or visit our website at www.kshousingcorp.org.

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