Kansas Statewide Housing Needs Assessment 2021

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In 2021, KHRC and the Office of Rural Prosperity launched the state’s first comprehensive housing needs assessment in nearly 30 years, aiming to address a decades-long shortage of data on existing housing resources and current and projected needs. A lack of quality, affordable housing is widely recognized as one of the state’s biggest barriers to growth and development, particularly in rural and underserved communities. The Office of Rural Prosperity’s Housing Work Group, an interagency team of state leaders, identified a comprehensive assessment as the crucial first step in addressing the state’s housing needs and identifying development priorities.  

RDG Planning & Design was selected via a competitive RFP process to assess current housing opportunities, identify goals, and develop strategic initiatives to guide the state’s future housing development efforts. 

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Timeline Overview

The assessment process is expected to extend throughout 2021, with the final report’s delivery anticipated in December 2021.

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Local & Government Studies

Has your community conducted a local housing study, survey, or needs assessement? If so, please share it with us! Your input will help guide our work.


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Staff Contact

Alissa Ice 
Director of Housing Development

Share Your Experience

Gathering input from community members and stakeholders is one of the most important steps of our assessment process. Share your feedback by completing our survey.


Southwest Kansas Public Forum
May 4, 2021

Sedgwick Co. Public Forum
May 13, 2021

Southeast Kansas Public Forum
April 28, 2021

North Central Kansas Public Forum
April 29, 2021

Northeast Kansas Public Forum
May 18, 2021

Shawnee / Douglas Co. Public Forum
May 19, 2021

Northwest Kansas Public Forum
May 27, 2021

KC Metro Public Forum
April 27, 2021

South Central Kansas Public Forum
April 21, 2021

News Coverage

NW Kan. session on housing set for May 27 in Colby – Hays Post – May 12, 2021

State Leaders Seeking Public Input on Future Housing Development Efforts – KFDI – May 9, 2021

Kansas housing crisis squashing opportunity for lower-income homebuyers – Kansas Reflector – Apr. 30, 2021

Participate In Rural Housing Survey – KSAL – Apr. 27, 2021

Forum will address housing issues – The Iola Register – Apr. 26, 2021

Kan. lieutenant governor recognizes need for housing during Hays visit – Hays Post – Apr. 26, 2021

Lt. Gov. Toland: Western Kansas needs workers ‘and we need them now’ – The Hays Daily News – Apr. 22, 2021

State Housing Leaders Welcome Public Input – KRSL – Apr. 19, 2021

Quality, affordable housing in high demand as communities undergo statewide housing assessment – KSN News – Jan. 20, 2021

First statewide housing needs assessment in 27-years for Kansas – Salina Post – Jan. 2, 2021

Kansas launches first statewide housing study in 27 years – Kansas Reflector – Dec. 29, 2020

Kansas embarking on first study of housing needs in decades – KAKE – Dec. 29, 2020

Governor Kelly Announces First Statewide Housing Needs Assessment in 27 Years – KRSL – Dec. 29, 2020

Gov. Kelly Announces Statewide Housing Needs Assessment – KFDI 103.1 – Dec. 29, 2020

Comprehensive Statewide Housing Needs Assessment Announced – Fort Scott Biz – Dec. 28, 2020

Governor Kelly Announces First Statewide Housing Needs Assessment in 27 Years – Office of the Governor – Dec. 28, 2020

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Income Guidelines

Household Size Maximum Income for Weatherization (200% of FPL)
1  $   25,760
2  $  34,840
3  $  43,920
4  $   53,000
5  $  62,080
6  $  71,160
7  $  80,240
8  $  89,320
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