20 years of Unlocking Home | 2023 Annual Report
I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately. Albert Einstein determined that time is not absolute: the rate at which time flows depends on where you are and how fast you’re traveling. Though time purportedly slows down the faster we’re moving, it sure seems to be flying by for KHRC!
Kansas Housing celebrated a major milestone this year: 20 years of unlocking home. The clock started ticking when Governor Sebelius’ 2003 executive order established KHRC as a “one stop shop for housing.” Time flowed slowly at first as we established our footing and quietly administered programs. National economic pressures and natural disasters in Greensburg and Southeast Kansas propelled our mission forward, as communities and policy makers recognized the importance of homes in building strong families and vibrant economies. Contrary to the special theory of relativity, time somehow flowed more quickly the busier we became, whether we were implementing the state’s first housing study in 30 years; preventing 95,000 families from losing their homes during the pandemic; or rolling out historic new state housing development resources.
In this moment, we pause the clock and reflect on these 20 years. This annual report captures our accomplishments, adventures, and stories since KHRC’s clock started ticking. Pausing the clock allows us to ponder the laughs, smiles, celebrations, milestones, dreams, and hopes achieved in the homes KHRC has unlocked with the tireless work of our partners and team.
But ultimately, we know that the clock keeps ticking, and KHRC keeps moving forward! Time is of the essence; homes are essential to community revitalization, employer expansion, quality healthcare, vibrant schools, and happy families. This annual report offers not just a glance back in time, but a glimpse towards our future and where we’re going as an organization and a state.
Einstein had it right that time will continue to flow, and I’m equally convinced that Kansas Housing will unlock homes today, tomorrow, and for many more years to come. I can’t wait.
-Ryan Vincent, Executive Director
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) helps Kansans access the quality, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.