Dear friends, partners, and colleagues,
Recent events, from the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, to the death of Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement, to the resulting public outcry and unrest, are painful reminders that a legacy of segregation, discrimination, and racism is still deeply embedded in the communities where we live, work, and serve. In this moment of national reckoning, we know we need to focus not just on how these injustices make us feel, but what we can do to change them.
A year ago, our team embarked on a soul-searching effort to better define who we are, what we do, and why our work is important. Part of that process involved identifying the core values that we strive to uphold each day, and that we turn to in these moments of crisis and uncertainty:
- Thorough: We are focused on a long-term solution over a quick fix.
- Transparent: Our work is behind the scenes, but open to all.
- Nimble: Needs and goals change. So do we.
- Collaborative: The challenges we face are too big to face alone.
- Compassionate: The dignity and worth of those we serve influence every decision.
These values were the guiding principles used in crafting our team’s mission: We help Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. Embedded in these words is our conviction that all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or familial status, deserve the safety, security, and dignity of home.
Beyond defining our values and mission, our efforts included tangible changes to ensure that our work is transparent and that our services are accessible to the Kansans who need them most:
- We changed our outreach strategy, inviting more partnership, more collaboration, and more public engagement.
- We developed a Code of Ethics to guide our work, established a confidential process for stakeholders and community members to report potential wrongdoing, and appointed an Ethics Officer to handle concerns.
- We revamped our Diversity and Inclusion Committee and committed to welcoming the team’s guidance as we explore staff training and development opportunities, examine our recruitment practices, and reflect on how we can better administer our programs with integrity, equity, and compassion.
We’re proud of the efforts we’ve undertaken so far, but we know they’re not enough. This moment in our nation’s history illustrates that we all need to do more to dismantle the traditions and institutions that privilege some while disadvantaging others.
Our nation’s housing history is scarred by a legacy of racism. Much of the inequality we witness today can be traced, in part, to discriminatory housing practices. At the same time, we also recognize that expanding access to home and crafting equitable housing programs and policies can provide valuable opportunities to address historic injustices and correct course. In fact, similar unrest in response to discrimination in the 1960s led to the creation of some of the first state housing agencies. Promoting affordable and equitable housing opportunities has been and remains a catalyst for healing. As we look ahead, we’re committed to seeking diverse perspectives in drafting our guiding policies and programs, to collaborating with communities that have historically been left behind, and to administering our programs with a goal of helping to close the opportunity gap, not widen it.
Moments like this demand that we pause, reflect, and commit to doing better. We’re reminded that the landmark Fair Housing Act, which guides our work today, was passed during a dark period in our country’s struggle for equality and civil rights, following the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocates, activists, and leaders banded together to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy lived on, even in the midst of unspeakable grief and sadness. Fifty-two years later, we know that work is not finished, and we remain committed to that vision. Our work to unlock home for Kansans is more important than ever, and we pledge to continue it.
– Ryan Vincent
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.
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.
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.
For more information on how KHRC is responding to the coronavirus outbreak, please visit our website.
Hays 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.
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.
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.
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 $400,000.
This year’s award details are listed below. To apply for rental assistance, please contact the provider serving your area.
|Bert Nash CMHC/Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority||$ 80,000||Gallal Obeid
|City of Lawrence & Douglas County|
|Compass Behavioral Health||$ 80,000||Carla Carveo
|Ford & Finney County|
|Harvest America Corporation||$400,000||Terri Bookless
|Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rooks, Rush, Seward, Scott, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Trego, and Wichita Counties|
|City of Independence, Kansas||$ 90,000||Molly Wright,
|City of Independence|
|Northwest Kansas Housing, Inc.||$150,000||Ruth Deines
|Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, and Wallace Counties|
|City of Pittsburg||$100,000||Megan Keener
|City of Pittsburg|
|Prairie View Inc.||$ 50,000||Megan Thompson
|Harvey, Marion, and McPherson Counties|
|Riley County Housing Authority||$100,000||Robert Patty
|Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, Mitchell, Morris, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, and Wabaunsee Counties|
|Salina Housing Authority||$ 75,000||Suzanne Smith
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|City of Salina|
|Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc.||$400,000||Janet Swor
|Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson Counties|
|Kim Wilson Housing||$80,000||Michelle Fox
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.