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Ryan VincentWASHINGTON, DC — The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) held its leadership election on October 26 during the association’s 2020 Annual Conference & Showcase, selecting Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing’s Executive Director, to serve on its national Board of Directors.

Nominated from among and voted on by the executive directors of the member state housing finance agencies, NCSHA’s newly-elected Board officers are:
• Chair: Scott Spivey | Mississippi Home Corporation
• Vice Chair: Margaret Salazar | Oregon Housing and Community Services
• Secretary/Treasurer: Anas Ben Addi | Delaware State Housing Authority

Newly-elected Board directors are:
• Bryan Butcher | Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
• Maura Collins | Vermont Housing Finance Agency
• Kristin Faust | Illinois Housing Development Authority
• Scott Hoversland | Wyoming Community Development Authority
• Nandini Natarajan | Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
• Ryan Vincent | Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
• Robin Wiessmann | Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
• Bobby Wilkinson | Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Incumbent Board directors are:
• Tia Boatman Patterson | California Housing Finance Agency
• Jennifer Ho | Minnesota Housing
• Chrystal Kornegay | MassHousing
• Ralph Perrey | Tennessee Housing Development Agency
• Trey Price | Florida Housing Finance Corporation

“In my 15 years of service at Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), I have developed a deep appreciation and respect for NCSHA,” Vincent said. “NCSHA is a team of people committed to the idea of Home, and everything that word entails.  Through the work of NCSHA and each of the member HFAs, we are creating, maintaining, and celebrating Home across the nation for those we serve.”

“Our 2021 Board of Directors is the most diverse in NCSHA’s history,” said NCSHA Executive Director Stockton Williams. “With their leadership and that of all state HFA executive directors, NCSHA has never been better served to address the affordable housing challenges our country faces.”

For more than 50 years, state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) have played a central role in the nation’s affordable housing system, delivering financing to make possible the purchase, development, and rehabilitation of affordable homes and rental apartments for low- and middle-income households.

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state HFAs and their partners to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s vision: An affordably housed nation.

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.

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TOPEKA – Five nonprofit organizations across the state received supplemental funding to support local COVID relief efforts, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds, made available through the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, will alleviate the effects of poverty by helping individuals and families with low incomes achieve stability and access economic opportunities.

“Our CSBG providers have long served on the front lines of our communities, providing vital services for Kansans in need,” said Ryan Vincent, Executive Director of Kansas Housing. “Now more than ever, these resources will help Kansans support their families and stay safe during this time of crisis.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the CSBG program supports local service partners that provide resources and assistance to low-income community members. Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) serves as the state’s CSBG program administrator. CSBG grant awards help fund a range of community resources, including job training, financial management education, childcare services, housing and feeding programs, and more.

The supplemental CARES Act CSBG funding will support five nonprofit service providers across the state as they assist community members adversely impacted by the COVID pandemic. Funding will help winterize homes, deliver fresh food to low-income communities, remove barriers to employment for job seekers, and provide emergency food, housing, and utility assistance. Service partners applied for funding through a competitive application process. Complete award details are listed below.

Subgrantee agency Services funded Service area Amount awarded
Catholic Charities, Inc. Diocese of Wichita

 

Funding will support a Case Manager position and will address employment barriers, including lack of transportation, appropriate clothing, and childcare.

 

Wichita area $ 55,187.00

 

ECKAN

 

Funding will provide emergency assistance for rent, utilities, and other essential expenses for each of the agency’s nine service counties.

 

ECKAN service area

 

$ 156,667.80

 

Episcopal Social Services, Inc., DBA Breakthrough

 

Funding will be used to complete the final planning phase for a food processing center that will increase the availability of fresh food to low-income individuals through non-profit partners.

 

Wichita $ 74,000.00

 

Harvest America Corporation

 

Funding will provide food assistance and utility assistance to 100 low-income families.

 

Western Kansas- 43 counties

 

$100,000.00

 

Topeka Habitat for Humanity Funding will provide winterization kits for low-income families, allowing them to use funds that would have been spent on energy bills to offset the increased childcare and food costs being driven by COVID-19.

 

Topeka $ 20,212.00

 

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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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Supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding, provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act–CV), is now available to assist communities in their efforts to prevent and respond to homelessness. Funds must serve community members currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness and must be used to prevent, prepare for, or mitigate the effects of coronavirus.
Kansas Housing will accept applications from any unit of local government, including cities and counties. Local governments may apply on behalf of nonprofit organizations, which can provide services as a subrecipient or subgrantee. Eligible grant-funded activities may include:
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Street Outreach
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Program Administration

Applications are due Tuesday, Dec. 15. Funds must be expended between Jan. 1 and Dec. 30, 2021. The program may be extended as needed based upon availability of ESG-CV funding.

Recipients must certify they will meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements. Government recipients and subrecipients must comply with Uniform Administrative Requirements Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200.

Questions? Review our partner recruitment webinar and application materials online, or contact ESG Program Manager James Chiselom.

Submit applications to James Chiselom, ESG Program Manager, and Brina Nold, Administrative Specialist.

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TOPEKA – Nonprofit organizations and local governments across the state received a funding boost to prevent and respond to homelessness, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds, made available through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, will support individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Kansas received the additional ESG funding to address heightened needs surrounding the COVID pandemic.

“Home has never been more important,” said Ryan Vincent, Executive Director of Kansas Housing. “Home has always been a place of shelter, but in the midst of the pandemic it’s become so much more. Home now provides our virtual workplace, our marketplace, our children’s classrooms, and our online gathering space for worship services, community meetings, and social events with family and friends. We’re so pleased to distribute this crucial funding to preserve access to home for our most vulnerable Kansans.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the ESG program supports local service partners that work to prevent homelessness and assist people experiencing homelessness. Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) serves as the state’s ESG program administrator. Grant awards help fund emergency shelters, rapid rehousing services, street outreach, homelessness prevention strategies, and more.

The supplemental CARES Act ESG funding will support local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and community mental health centers across the state. Funding will provide housing and community services including emergency shelter operations and administration, domestic violence shelters, behavioral health services, and rental and utility assistance for Kansans at risk of eviction. Service partners applied for funding through a competitive application process. 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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State officials will commission Kansas’ first comprehensive study of housing needs and resources in more than 20 years, Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers announced. The state’s Office of Rural Prosperity, in conjunction with Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the state’s housing finance agency, is releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) soliciting bids from qualified firms to develop, conduct, and deliver the assessment.

Kansas has not conducted a major housing study in decades, resulting in a dearth 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 housing needs assessment as a crucial first step in addressing the state’s housing needs and priorities, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

“In order to address our state’s shortage of quality, affordable housing, we need to first analyze the research, then assess resources, and finally make recommendations,” Lieutenant Governor Rogers said. “Accessing this vital housing data will help state leaders determine what the needs are and how best to tackle them.”

Respondents should be prepared to explore current and long-term housing trends and needs throughout the state, provide detailed analysis of communities and populations in need, conduct a thorough review of existing housing stock, and identify barriers to access and development. Successful respondents should have experience conducting comprehensive state or federal housing assessments, be able and willing to carry out the proposal’s full scope of work, and have a demonstrated understanding of applicable federal and state statutory requirements. Proposals are due to KHRC by Monday, Nov. 30, with the selection announced on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The final statewide housing needs assessment shall be delivered to KHRC by Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Review the request for proposal for more details.

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.

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.

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TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced a $35 million statewide relief initiative to keep Kansans in their homes. Tenants and landlords experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic may receive up to $5000 in rental assistance per tenant household. The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP), funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, authorized by Governor Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, and administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), serves tenants and landlords who have missed paying or collecting at least one rent payment since April 1, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic.

“Home has never been more important,” Ryan Vincent, KHRC Executive Director, said. “Our homes have always provided shelter, but in the midst of the COVID pandemic, home has become our virtual workplace, classroom, marketplace, and gathering space. This program will protect Kansans’ access to home when it is needed most.”

Through the KEPP program, landlords and tenants apply for up to $5000 per household to cover delinquent rental payments dating as far back as April 1, 2020. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, who must agree not to evict the household for nonpayment of rent or to charge late fees for the months KEPP assistance is received.

The economic impact of the pandemic has left many Kansans unemployed or underemployed, uncertain how they will pay rent. While moratoriums provide temporary protection from eviction, rent continues to accrue each month, leaving tenants unsure how they will pay arrears, and leaving landlords without monthly income to pay bills and manage maintenance and upkeep. Data indicates that 117,000-155,000 Kansas households (30-44% of all rental households) will be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to COVID.

Program funds are limited, and applications will be processed in the order received. Tenants and landlords should apply as soon as possible to increase their likelihood of receiving assistance. Visit kshousingcorp.org to learn more and apply online, or contact kepp@kshousingcorp.org for assistance.

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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.

 

 

KHRC in the News

Kansas Gas Service, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation partner on weatherization effort – KVOE.com – Jan. 27, 2021

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

Advocates warn of ‘eviction cliff,’ need for better renter protection – Topeka Capital-Journal – Oct. 10, 2020

White House moves to halt evictions through December – KAKE News – Sept. 3, 2020

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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