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Nine Kansas communities will receive a collective 263 additional housing units, thanks to funds awarded through the state’s competitive housing development application process. The planned initiatives include new and rehabilitated homes in communities ranging from Great Bend to Gardner, Hays to Hutchinson. Housing designed for families represent the majority of planned units (207), while the remaining 56 will be designated for seniors.

“A lack of quality, affordable housing is one of our state’s biggest barriers to growth and prosperity,” Ryan Vincent, Executive Director of Kansas Housing, said. “Each of these 263 homes brings us a step closer to ensuring that all Kansans have access to the safe, affordable, quality housing they need.”

The funding, made available through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), provides incentives to developers, nonprofit organizations, and communities that commit to developing quality, affordable housing. LIHTC incentives totaling $2.9 million represent the majority of this round’s funding. Offered annually for a 10-year term, the awards represent a total of $29 million in tax credits over the course of the next decade to support affordable housing across the state.

Complete award details are available online.

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Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is a self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation committed to helping Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the state of Kansas.

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From the Office of the Governor:

Governor Kelly on Tuesday announced Executive Order #20-06 to temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures across the state in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Due to negative economic impacts of COVID-19, Governor Kelly and her administration decided to take steps to support Kansans who may miss mortgage or rent payments as a result of lost wages and other income.

“We understand that this pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for people across the state,” Kelly said. “Kansas families need our support, and my administration is committed to doing everything it can to make sure Kansans can stay in their homes and businesses. It’s a necessary step to further protect Kansans’ health and safety.”

The Executive Order temporarily prohibits all financial institutions operating in Kansas from initiating any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings, and any commercial or residential eviction efforts or judicial proceedings until May 1, 2020.

This order comes after a State of Disaster Emergency for the State of Kansas was proclaimed by Kelly on March 12, 2020.

To read Executive Order #20-06, click here. 

For more information on how KHRC is responding to the coronavirus outbreak, please visit our website.

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Alan DeinesHays banking expert Alan Deines will join the Kansas Development Finance Authority (KDFA) and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) boards of directors, KDFA president Rebecca Floyd announced. Deines was appointed by Governor Laura Kelly and confirmed by the Kansas Senate in January.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Alan to the KDFA and KHRC boards,” Floyd said. “His extensive finance and banking background will be an asset as our team works to expand economic growth and prosperity across the state.”

Deines brings four decades of experience to his leadership role, having worked with hundreds of banks from Wyoming to Illinois and South Dakota to Oklahoma. He currently serves as the first director of the Robbins Banking Institute at Fort Hays State University, where he shapes and implements the Institute’s curriculum and teaches a variety of banking courses.

Prior to his banking experience, Deines practiced law in Russell, eventually becoming a trust officer and house counsel for First National Bank, Goodland. He served as president of a consulting company that helped financial institutions address regulatory problems, management challenges, mergers and acquisitions, and technology issues. His work took him to Siberia and eastern Russia, where he advised on financial issues in the midst of Russia’s economic collapse in the 1990s, and later to the Republic of Georgia, Yemen, and Iraq. He holds degrees from Fort Hays State University, Washburn University School of Law, and Northwestern University.

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Kansas Development Finance Authority is a statewide, multipurpose finance corporation that works with the state and other public and private entities to identify and structure efficient finance transactions.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is a self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation committed to helping Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the state of Kansas and is governed by the KDFA board of directors.

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The 2021 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application deadline closed on February 7, 2020. KHRC received 26 applications for a total of $13.9 million in LIHTC funding requested.

Some applications also included requests for Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and HOME Rental Development funding. KHRC received requests for almost $9 million in HTF funds, with approximately $2.44 million available. HOME funds requested totaled nearly $4.3 million, with up to $3 million available. KHRC reserves the right to adjust requested HOME and HTF subsidy amounts based on available funding, evaluation of the subsidy amount needed for a project to be viable, and our assessment of best mix of funding sources.

Review application details at the link below. Funding decisions will be announced by May 15, 2020. To learn more about KHRC’s funding criteria, review the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Housing Trust Fund, and HOME Rental Development program pages.

2021 LIHTC Applications Received

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Eleven nonprofit entities across the state will share more than $1.6 million for families and individuals at risk of homelessness. The awards, 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.

“The TBRA program helps Kansans at risk of homelessness achieve housing stability,” said Cynthia Howerton, TBRA program manager. “It’s hard for families to focus on long-term goals like career development or financial planning without a roof over their heads. Stable housing helps families move from economic vulnerability to self-sufficiency.”

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 $400,000.

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

GRANTEE AWARD CONTACT CITIES/COUNTIES SERVED
Bert Nash CMHC/Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority  $ 80,000 Gallal Obeid
785-842-8110
City of Lawrence & Douglas County
Compass Behavioral Health  $ 80,000 Carla Carveo
620-275-9434
Ford & Finney County
Harvest America Corporation  $400,000 Terri Bookless
913-342-2121
Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rooks, Rush, Seward, Scott, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Trego, and Wichita Counties
City of Independence, Kansas  $ 90,000 Molly Wright,
April Nutt
620-332-2536
City of Independence
Northwest Kansas Housing, Inc.  $150,000 Ruth Deines
785-421-2151
Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace Counties
City of Pittsburg  $100,000 Megan Keener
620-232-1210
City of Pittsburg
Prairie View Inc.  $ 50,000 Megan Thompson
316-284-6400
Harvey, Marion, and McPherson Counties
Riley County Housing Authority  $100,000 Robert Patty
785-776-9294
Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, Mitchell, Morris, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, and Wabaunsee Counties
Salina Housing Authority  $ 75,000 Suzanne Smith
785-827-0441 x 209
City of Salina
Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc.  $400,000 Janet Swor
620-724-8204
Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson Counties
Kim Wilson Housing  $80,000 Michelle Fox
913-233-3362
Wyandotte County

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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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Eight nonprofit organizations will share more than $150,000 to provide community services to families and individuals across the state. The funding, made available through the Community Supported Block Grant (CSBG) program’s discretionary funds, will support activities ranging from a community gardening initiative in Wichita, to a home repair program in Atchison, to employment services for people with severe mental illness in Garden City.

“We’re so pleased to partner with community organizations across the state as they provide these vital services to Kansans in need,” said Hugh Poole, CSBG program manager. “The life-changing support of the CSBG program helps families move from financial instability to a place of opportunity.”

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a federal initiative that aims to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income families and individuals to become self-sufficient. CSBG works through eight local eligible entities in Kansas to support services and activities that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty. A small portion of discretionary funding is available to partners that offer innovative programs that serve low-income individuals and families.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) administers the state’s CSBG funding and oversees the competitive discretionary funding application process.

The recipients of this year’s CSBG discretionary funds are as follows:

ORGANIZATION SERVICE AREA AWARD AMOUNT DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED
ECKAN – Consultancy and Computer Upgrade ECKAN service area $15,412 Funding will enable the agency to contract with a consultant to produce a strategic action plan and fund software upgrades to enhance agency capacity to collect and report critical data.
Mid-KS – CAP60 and SHRM training for staff South-Central Kansas $13,016 Funding will support training and technology to improve staff performance.
KACAP –

Poverty Conference

Statewide $10,000 Funding will support Kansas Poverty Conference.
Children First – Food Program Playbook Wichita area $19,840 Funding will support the creation and publication of Food Program Playbook for use in schools in low-income communities.
Interfaith Housing and Community Services –Housing Assistance Network Hutchinson area $30,586 Funding will support expansion of organization’s home repair program.
Compass Behavioral Health Garden City area $40,194 Funding will support implementation/expansion of IPS model of supported employment for people with serious mental illness.
Breakthrough Statewide $20,370 Funding will support training of three low-income individuals so they can speak to the Kansas legislature and the community about their experiences living in poverty.
Catholic Charities Wichita area $10,010 Funding will support employment initiative that reduces barriers to successful employment, providing childcare, transportation, and appropriate clothing for interviews/job placement.

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A self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation, Kansas Housing helps Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. For more information about the CSBG program, please contact Program Manager Hugh Poole or visit our website.

KHRC in the News

Unlocking home: Addressing housing needs across Kansas – Kansas Government Journal – April 2020

Audit points to shortcomings of homebuyer aid programs in Kansas – Topeka Capital-Journal – February 2, 2020

State grant funds new homes in Greensburg – Kiowa County Signal – January 22, 2020

It’s Your Business – Topeka Capital-Journal – January 19, 2020

Senior housing growing – Ark Valley – The News – December 19, 2019

Groundbreaking for affordable housing in Valley Center – KAKE News – December 17, 2019

Construction of behavioral health campus set to begin, but price tag for Douglas County may grow – Lawrence Journal-World – November 10, 2019

Eastridge Villas: Senior housing project was a cooperative effort – The Scott County Record – October 24, 2019

Moderate Income Housing Program – Kansas Government Journal – August/September 2019

A New Era – Affordable Housing News – Summer 2019

First Time Homebuyer Program paves way for family move – Ellsworth County Independent – Reporter – June 13, 2019

Rare downtown housing for Kansas City, KS – KSNT – June 10, 2019

Residents Of Kansas City, Kansas, Are Set To Get New Downtown Housing For The First Time In 30 Years – June 8, 2019

The Boulevard Lofts 30 years in the waiting – KCUR 89.3 – June 8, 2019

Weatherization assistance available to low income households – The Hutchinson News – October 22, 2018

Leavenworth housing agency honored – The Leaven – October 12, 2018

Delaware Place apartments dedicated – The Vindicator, Valley Falls – July 19, 2018

Right at home – Salina Journal – June 26, 2018

Developers get green light for Lee lofts – Salina Journal – May 16, 2018 

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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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