Kansas Housing provides $1.8 million in rent, utility assistance

Kansans struggling to cover rent and utility bills may qualify for assistance, thanks to funds awarded by Kansas Housing. The funding, made possible through the state’s Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program and funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), helps income-eligible households afford rental subsidies, utility deposits, and security deposits. Assistance is administered by a network of 11 nonprofit grantees who serve communities across the state.

“A lack of quality, affordable housing across our state was a challenge even before COVID-19,” said Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing’s Executive Director. “With the current pandemic, this shortage has become a crisis. We’re pleased to offer this support to keep Kansans in their homes during this time of critical need.”

Public housing authorities and non-profit organizations may apply for TBRA grants of up to $400,000 through a competitive annual process. Kansas Housing officials administer the program and award the funds based on a community’s housing needs, the number of households estimated to be served, the extent of the service area, and the organization’s experience administering TBRA funding.

This year’s award details are listed below. To apply for rental assistance, please contact the provider serving your area.

 

Grantee Award Amount Service Provided Area Served Contact
Bert Nash $90,000 Rental subsidies and security/utility deposit assistance for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Douglas County Gallal Obeid, 785-842-8110
City of Ellsworth $50,000 Rental and security/utility deposit assistance for individuals or families at or below 60% of the area median income. Ellsworth County Deanne Hoch, 785-472-3348
Harvest America $400,000 Rental subsidy and security/utility deposit assistance with a preference for very low income households. Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rooks, Rush, Seward, Scott, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Trego, Wichita counties

 

Terri Bookless, 913-342-2121
City of Independence $90,000 Rental assistance for low income families, single parent households, people with disabilities, and/or seniors. City of Independence April Nutt or Molly Wright,  620-332-2536
Kim Wilson $90,000 Rental subsidy and security deposit assistance for target population of people with SPMI, severe mental illness (SMI), or people navigating re-entry. Wyandotte County Michele Fox, 913-233-3362
City of Leavenworth $85,000 Rental and security/utility deposit assistance for low income households, including those experiencing homelessness, single-parent households, domestic abuse/violence survivors, and those caring for seniors and people with disabilities. City of Leavenworth Lawrence Levine, 913-364-5840
NEKCAP $300,000 Rental and security/utility deposit assistance for low- income Kansans. Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha counties. Kristy Morey, 785-742-2222, ext. 156
Pittsburg Housing Authority $90,000 Security deposit assistance program targeting single parent, senior, and homeless households. Crawford county Megan Keener, 620-232-1210
Riley County $100,000 Security and utility deposit assistance for low-income households. Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, Mitchell, Morris, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, Wabaunsee counties. Julie Govert Walter, 785-776-9294
SEK-CAP $400,000 Rental subsidy and security/utility deposit assistance with preference for individuals or families experiencing homelessness. Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson counties. Timi Myers, 620-724-8204, ext. 1004
Valeo $118,100 Rental subsidy and security deposit assistance to SPMI households. Topeka / Shawnee county Theresa Douthart, 785-233-1730

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Kansas Housing helps Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. To learn more about the TBRA program, contact Program Manager Cynthia Howerton or visit our website.

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Income Guidelines

Household Size Maximum Income for Weatherization (200% of FPL)
1  $  25,520
2  $  34,480
3  $  43,440
4  $  52,400
5  $  61,360
6  $  70,320
7  $  79,280
8  $  88,240
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