Customers of Kansas Gas Service, a division of ONE Gas Inc., may qualify for up to $5000 in weatherization-related home repair assistance thanks to a new partnership between the energy company and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the state’s housing finance agency. The funding, made possible through an $80,000 grant from the ONE Gas Foundation, will finance essential home repairs and upgrades to enable weatherization services.
KHRC serves as administrator of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, a federal initiative to provide free weatherization services to income-eligible households. Weatherization services include upgrades and improvements to help homes operate more efficiently, such as sealing air leaks, installing insulation, and repairing or replacing heating and cooling systems. Weatherized homes are safer, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and less expensive to maintain, resulting in cost savings and health and wellness benefits for residents.
“Our partnership with Kansas Gas Service will provide crucial gap funding for the weatherization program,” said Scott Kuhn, KHRC’s Senior Weatherization Program Manager. “Often homes need simple repairs before weatherization services can be provided. If residents can’t afford the repairs, their homes may never receive weatherization assistance. Now with these funds, we can repair and weatherize homes at the same time and at no cost to the client.”
“Kansas Gas Service is pleased to support this impactful program that helps customers save money on energy costs and improve quality of life by providing a safer home environment,” said Kara Titus, Community Relations Area Manager for Kansas Gas Service. “This is part of our commitment to build sustainable communities for our current and future customers.”
Eligibility for the Weatherization Assistance Program is based on the applicant’s annual income and the home’s structural eligibility. Program funds are available until fully expended. To learn more and apply for assistance, contact your county’s Weatherization Service Provider.
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. For more information about the Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact Senior Program Manager Scott Kuhn.
Kansas Gas Service (KGS) delivers clean, reliable natural gas service to more than 639,000 customers in 360 communities across the state and is the largest natural gas distributor in Kansas in terms of customers. A division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), KGS is a 100 percent regulated, publicly traded natural gas utility. ONE Gas is included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index and is one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States. For more information, visit KGS online or on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
This year has shown us that home has never been more important. Home has always meant shelter and security. In the midst of a pandemic, home has become so much more. As we’ve had to adjust quickly, home has become the place where we receive our health care, educate our children, conduct business, and connect virtually for worship services, community meetings, and social gatherings. A year full of uncertainty and seemingly uncontrollable circumstances has caused me to hold closer to the thing that is most important: the health and safety of those I care most about. I have been fortunate to spend time with developers, advocates, and homeowners who all echo the same sentiment. Our mission—to provide Kansans access to the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve—has never been more important. Because everything we need can be found in a home, but in order for that to be true everyone must have a place to call home.
Please join us as we reflect on all we’ve accomplished together in our 2020 annual report. It was an extremely challenging but ultimately productive year. Our work and our progress continues, even during this challenging time.
Ryan Vincent | Executive Director
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|
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.
TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that a planning and design firm with extensive statewide experience will lead Kansas’ first comprehensive housing needs assessment in nearly 30 years. RDG Planning & Design, an Omaha-based consultancy, will conduct an in-depth discovery process, assess current housing opportunities and identify goals, and develop strategic initiatives to guide the state’s future housing development efforts.
“A shortage of quality, affordable housing is one of our state’s biggest barriers to growth and development, particularly in our rural communities,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This statewide housing assessment will provide us with a starting point on how we can positively affect communities’ abilities to grow and provide the quality of life that every Kansan deserves, regardless of their zip code.”
RDG has worked in Kansas communities ranging from Scott City to Chanute, De Soto to Dickinson County. The firm’s initiatives have included collaborating with Dodge City officials to develop some of the state’s first Rural Housing Incentive Districts (RHID), working with Salina leaders to encourage greater reinvestment in core neighborhoods, and helping Johnson County navigate tremendous new growth.
“Dodge City has put a major focus on addressing our housing shortage to provide essential homes for our workforce,” said Joann Knight, Executive Director of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation. “RDG plays a vital role in our success, and their attention to detail makes understanding housing needs much easier.”
“RDG has had the pleasure to work in every corner of Kansas, from the state’s largest cities to its smallest communities,” said Amy Haase, RDG Principal. “We have developed a deep understanding of the wide breadth of housing opportunities and challenges facing Kansans, and we are proud that communities continue to seek us out both for the expertise we provide and the passion we bring for creating great places.”
Kansas has not conducted a significant housing study in decades, resulting in a shortage of data on existing housing resources and current and projected needs. The Office of Rural Prosperity’s Housing Work Group, an interagency team of state leaders led by KHRC Executive Director Ryan Vincent, identified a needs assessment as a crucial first step in addressing the state’s housing needs and priorities, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
“As I have discussed with Kansans across the state, housing is a barrier for communities to recruiting and retaining skilled workers,” Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers said. “This statewide assessment will allow us to determine what our current housing needs are and how best to address them.”
The state’s Office of Rural Prosperity, in conjunction with Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the state’s housing finance agency, selected the firm through a competitive RFP process and will manage the project. The assessment process is expected to extend throughout 2021, with the final report’s delivery anticipated in December 2021.
Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers created the Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP), a nonpartisan initiative established in part to ensure that rural Kansas is heard and represented in the statehouse. The ORP aims to streamline rural policy while focusing on the issues that matter to rural Kansans. During the ORP’s 2019 and 2020 statewide listening and action tours, housing was brought up by leaders in every region of the state as a vital component of recruiting and retaining workers, families, and entrepreneurs to help rural Kansas thrive.
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) helps Kansans access the quality, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. Codified at K.S.A. 74-8901 et. seq., KHRC is a public corporation and independent instrumentality of the state. KHRC serves as the state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans. Learn more about KHRC’s core values, programs, and services online.
Lori Threadgold will lead Kansas’ housing finance operations, serving as Chief Financial Officer of the state’s housing finance agency, KHRC Executive Director Ryan Vincent announced. As CFO, Threadgold will oversee the corporation’s investment portfolio, monitor grant activity and program funds, develop financial plans, and ensure proper internal controls.
“We are delighted to welcome Lori back to KHRC,” Vincent said. “Her financial background, along with her specialized housing finance experience, make her a valuable asset to our executive leadership team.”
Threadgold brings nearly two decades of experience to the role, including 10 years as Kansas Housing’s Senior Accountant and CFO. Prior to her previous stint at KHRC, she worked at Security Benefit and Community America Credit Union.
A Topeka native, Threadgold is a graduate of Topeka High. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, a Master’s of Business Administration from Washburn University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2011.
A self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation, 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.
Nine Kansas communities will receive a combined total of almost $2 million to develop affordable housing for moderate-income families. The funding, made possible through the state of Kansas’ Moderate Income Housing (MIH) program, provides grants or loans to develop housing and support homeownership programs in cities or counties with populations of less than 60,000.
Combined with the amount leveraged by each community to support the proposed initiatives, the awards represent a total investment of $6.2 million and a net gain of 76 affordable, quality homes for rural communities across the state.
“A lack of quality, affordable housing is one of the greatest barriers to growth and development in rural Kansas,” said Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing’s Executive Director. “The Moderate Income Housing program serves Kansans who don’t qualify for federal housing assistance yet struggle to afford market rate housing. This year alone, the MIH program saw a 33 percent increase in applications and a 57 percent increase in funding requests, demonstrating the ongoing and growing need for this crucial assistance.”
This year’s awards will help convert a historic building into rental apartments in Alma, fund infrastructure and construction of 18 homes in Independence and Neodesha, and provide down payment assistance for new homeowners in McPherson and Marion, among other initiatives. See additional details for all seven awards below and the 2020 MIH award list online.
The MIH program is the state’s sole housing appropriation from the Kansas Legislature. Kansas Housing administers the MIH program at no cost to the state. The Legislature allocates funding on a pass-through basis, and Kansas Housing manages the application and award process. With a 2020 MIH budget of $2 million, Kansas currently allocates roughly $.69 per citizen to housing.
|Community||Description||Number of Homes Proposed||Award Amount||Total Amount Leveraged|
|Alma||Renovation of a historic building in downtown Alma to create 8 rental apartments||8||$ 307,050||$ 360,000|
|Chanute||Construction of a rental quadplex and homebuyer assistance and rehabilitation for 14 houses||18||$ 300,000||$ 360,000|
|Baldwin City, Eudora||Construction of 6 new homes, down payment assistance for 4 homes||10||$ 400,000||$ 1,015,000|
|Holton||Infrastructure and construction of a 10-home subdivision, down payment assistance for 4 homes||14||$ 390,000||$ 3,918,000|
|Independence, Neodesha||Infrastructure and construction of 18 homes||18||$ 400,000||$ 464,500|
|Marion||Down payment assistance||4||$ 100,000||$ 102,000|
|McPherson||Down payment assistance||4||$ 100,000||$ 51,600|
|TOTAL||76||$ 1,997,050||$ 6,219,500|
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 Moderate Income Housing program, please contact Program Director Alissa Ice at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.