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The pandemic has affected us individually in different ways, yet it has also reminded us that we are all connected. The ripple effects of one business closing or one family being evicted are felt throughout a community. Those community ripples are felt across the entire state. But when the opposite happens—when a worker can pay their rent and keep their job, or when a housing provider can afford to stay in business because they are able to recover rental arrears—the positive effects ripple throughout a community as well.

To date, the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance Program has provided $49,612,527 million to 8,846 Kansas households, positively impacting the lives of 21,985 tenants and 3,729 landlords across the state. Beyond the individual impact of keeping nearly 8,850 Kansas families safely housed, that translates to nearly $50 million injected into our local economies to stimulate economic recovery. Landlords—many of them small business owners—can afford to keep running their businesses and pay their property taxes, which fund essential public services including schools. Tenants can get back to work without massive rental debts and evictions on their records, while keeping their families safely housed. For those experiencing homelessness due to the pandemic, KERA funding provides hotel and motel vouchers, housing counseling, and rapid rehousing through KHRC’s new Bridge to Housing Stability initiative.

Each of those nearly 8,850 Kansas families has a story. Nick Baumgartner is just one Kansan who has paid forward the benefits of the rental assistance he’s received from KERA.

Baumgartner’s small business serves the needs of local restaurants in the Topeka area, many of which struggled financially during the pandemic. “I never needed to ask for any kind of financial assistance before,” he said. “But because restaurants were so negatively impacted by the pandemic, my business suffered too.” When the money from his SBA loan ran out in 2020, Baumgartner’s family had to choose between paying rent or utilities, and that’s when his landlord told him to apply for the KERA program.

“I never needed to ask for any kind of financial assistance before,” he said. “But because restaurants were so negatively impacted by the pandemic, my business suffered too.”

“It took me less than 10 minutes to fill out the KERA application, and when I had questions, the customer service team was incredibly helpful and efficient during a stressful time,” Baumgartner said. “After my landlord was paid for past-due rent, I was able to apply for three months of future rental assistance.”

Baumgartner says the KERA program allowed him to keep his small business running, and “allowed us to continue to be there for our clients and our customers without worrying about having to send them to collections.” KERA not only assisted his family, but kept his clients in business, helping local restaurants bounce back again.

Baumgartner has told several people to apply for the KERA program. “They’ve already been funded and are doing well again,” he said.

The ripple effects of Baumgartner’s rental assistance were felt throughout his local community. At KHRC, we’re proud to continue to facilitate these growing ripples across Kansas.

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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 state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.

KERA Applicants Gary and Sheryl Evert

As of today, the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program has assisted nearly 7,800 Kansas households that have struggled financially due to the COVID pandemic by granting more than $41.5 million in rental, utilities, and internet assistance to eligible Kansas households. Every applicant who has received assistance through the KERA program has a unique story to share. One of those applicants is Gary Evert of Olathe.

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KERA recipients Gary and Sheryl Evert relax at home.

“My wife Sheryl and I are in our 70s, and before we received our KERA funding, life was really stressful. We didn’t know when we would be able to pay our landlord, but he remained patient, ” said Evert.

“The best part about this program,” Evert said, “was the KERA program associate we spoke with. She was so sweet and kind. She was able to point out a few little details I needed to address on the application, and she was always there to answer every single question I had. ‘Take a breath,’ she said, ‘because it’s going to take several breaths before your application is processed.’ We’re all nervous, but when someone can calm you down and give you a sense of hope, it’s very comforting.”

Though we encourage applicants to call KERA customer service at 785-217-2001, Option 1, with questions or concerns, we also encourage you to periodically take a breath as you check your application dashboard to view the status of your application. Eligible households can expect KERA applications to move through some of the following status changes over a period of weeks. Here are some explanations of the various status changes that can help you breathe a little easier:

  1. Incomplete/Requires Applicant Response: Your application has either not been submitted, or we have found some missing items that need to be added. Those items will be listed under the “messages” tab in your application dashboard
  2.  Pending Initial Review: The KERA Processing team is reviewing the application to make sure all documents we need are uploaded and all necessary fields are accurately filled out to qualify for approval.
  3. Pending Property Manager Acceptance: Your application has passed initial review, and we are waiting to receive documents from the property manager or servicer.
  4. Utility Review: Your request for rental assistance has been verified, and we are verifying requested utility amounts with the utility and/or internet providers.
  5. Final Review: The application has been verified for rental and/or utilities assistance and is being checked one last time before being submitted for funding.
  6. Submitted for Funding: The application has passed final review and has been put into the queue for KERA to make the final decision on whether the applicant will receive funding. Once applications reach this status, landlords, property managers, and service providers of eligible households can expect to receive payments within a week and a half
  7. Funding Approved: KERA has approved the application and is in the process of sending out funds.
  8. Payment Sent: KERA has approved the application and has sent the funding to the landlords, property managers, and service providers. At this stage, applicants can reapply for three prospective months of rental assistance at a time. Instructions for reapplying can be found here: https://conta.cc/3isig4F

If applicants still have questions after checking their status, or need immediate assistance with utility disconnections, restoring utility services, or addressing eviction notices while awaiting funds, they are encouraged to call KERA customer service at: 785-217-2001, Option 1, or to send an email to kera@kshousingcorp.org.

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Forthcoming program to assist Kansas homeowners experiencing financial hardship 

State officials are seeking public feedback to inform a new housing initiative that will support Kansas homeowners in need. The forthcoming Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund (KHAF), established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through the Kansas Office Recovery and administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), will aim to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In less than a year, we’ve provided almost $50 million in emergency rental assistance to Kansas renters, landlords, and service providers,” said Ryan Vincent, KHRC’s Executive Director. “We’re proud to have helped more than 15,000 Kansas households avoid eviction and remain stably housed during the pandemic, but we know our state’s housing needs don’t stop with tenants. Kansas homeowners: Help is on the way.”

Program administrators and state officials welcome public input as they design a program to meet the needs of Kansas homeowners. Community members are invited to share their input three ways:

  1. Join the public webinar Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. to learn about the proposed plan.
  2. Share your experience and expertise by participating in our surveys targeting specific stakeholder groups:
  3. Subscribe to KHRC’s mailing list and select “Homeowner Assistance” to stay posted on the latest program news and announcements.

Community members are invited to share their input on the initiative. The public comment period will close Sunday, Sept. 12. Program administrators will review the comments received, make any recommended adjustments, and finalize the plan by Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Learn more about the KHAF initiative 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 state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.

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Twelve Kansas communities will add a collected 540 affordable homes to their housing stock, thanks to funds awarded through the state’s competitive housing development application process. The awards, totaling $6,806,417, will help finance the construction of 324 new homes and the rehabilitation of 216 existing homes for Kansas seniors and families.

“Our state has long experienced a shortage of quality, affordable housing—a reality that has only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic,” said Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing’s Executive Director. “Each of these 540 homes brings us a step closer to ensuring that all Kansans have access to the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve.”

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. Kansas Housing administers the state’s housing development programs and oversees the competitive application process.

This funding round was the first awarded using the state’s newly revamped Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), the governing document outlining how development incentives and housing resources are awarded. The revised QAP prioritizes developments that expand housing opportunities in rural areas, provide homes for special needs populations, and address a documented housing shortage, among other factors.

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 state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.

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Statewide program granting Kansas tenants, landlords $3 million per week

TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the state’s housing finance agency, has provided $21,670,326.79 in emergency rental and utility assistance to 4,054 Kansas households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. The funds, made available through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program, were allocated to the state through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) previously issued a temporary nationwide halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. That moratorium is set to expire on July 31, 2021. Kansans who may be facing eviction due to financial hardship incurred as a result of the COVID pandemic are encouraged to apply for KERA assistance.

“It’s so gratifying to know our team is getting these funds out the door and into our communities where they are so desperately needed,” said Ryan Vincent, KHRC’s Executive Director. “We recognize that the need is vast, and we look forward to providing this crucial assistance to Kansas tenants, landlords, and service providers as the program continues.”

KERA funds helped Gary Evert and his wife Sheryl, a couple in their 70s, remain in their Olathe home. “To anyone else out there who has applied for KERA I would say, ‘Don’t get discouraged. We’re all nervous, but when a customer service representative can calm you down and give you a sense of hope, it’s quite comforting,’” Evert said.

The KERA program previously served Kansans across the state except Wichita residents, who were served by the city’s rental assistance program. Recognizing the importance of serving tenants and landlords in our state’s most populous city, Wichita residents are now eligible to apply for the KERA program, though duplication of benefits is prohibited.

To be eligible to receive KERA assistance, tenants must rent their homes and must have experienced a documented financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of hardship may include qualifying for unemployment benefits, experiencing a reduction of household income, or incurring significant costs due to the pandemic. Additionally, the tenant’s household’s income may not exceed 80 percent of the area median income.

Nyrica Hall of Topeka was facing eviction when she applied for KERA assistance. Her request resulted in funding for rental and utility assistance, as well as a $600 lump sum payment to cover internet service. “When the customer service manager called me back to say my application had been approved, I cried,” Hall said.

KERA applicants must provide the following documentation:

  • Past due utility bill or overdue rent or eviction notice from April 2020 to the present
  • Signed lease identifying the residential unit and the rental payment amount
  • 2020 Federal Income Tax Return as filed with the IRS (if tenant hasn’t filed 2020 federal income taxes, their W-2 wage statement and all IRS 1099 forms are acceptable)
  • Proof of identification, including a current state-issued photo ID, court filing notice, or mail from a federal, state, county, or city agency displaying the rental unit address

Approved KERA applicants are eligible to receive a maximum of twelve months of rental and utility assistance, in addition to reasonable fees and security deposits. Qualified applicants are also eligible to receive a lump sum of $600 in credit to their internet providers to cover past-due or future internet costs, at a rate of $50 per month for 12 months. Tenants may apply for three months of prospective assistance at a time. Program guidelines require tenants and landlords to apply jointly, with payments made directly to the landlord or service provider.

The KERA program builds on KHRC’s success administering the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program, a statewide rental assistance initiative funded by the federal CARES Act in 2020. In the roughly 60 days that program was in statewide operation, KHRC processed 10,138 applications for more than $25.8 million in requested funding, ultimately serving 27,200 Kansans with $17,007,614 in rental assistance.

To learn more, to locate a community partner to assist with the application process, and to apply, visit kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-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 state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.

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June is National Homeownership Month, and we’re pleased to join with Governor Laura Kelly in making the distinction official in Kansas. Homeownership strengthens families, stabilizes neighborhoods, builds communities, and fosters economic growth and prosperity.

KHRC’s First Time Homebuyer Program provides down payment and closing cost assistance for Kansans purchasing their first home. Homebuyers partner with our participating lenders to navigate the process. The program allows homebuyers to apply for a 0% interest loan for 15 or 20 % of the home’s purchase price. The loan is forgiven if the buyer remains in the home for 10 years.

To be eligible, applicants must be first time homebuyers or not have owned a home for three years and earn an income at or below 80% of their area’s median income. Homebuyers must make an investment of 2% but no more than 10% of the sale price from their own funds. The program operates in communities across the state, with the exception of Topeka, Lawrence, Wichita, Kansas City, and Johnson County.

We reached out to our longtime lending partners at First Bank Kansas to get their perspective on the process and the impact of the program.

“It truly is helping people start the dream of owning their home,” said Melinda Foster, a Salina Loan Officer.

KHRC provides training to get lenders up to speed on the program regulations and processes. “The lending process is very similar for all first-time purchasers,” Foster said. “Lots of things are happening at the same time, which allows us to still close within standard turnaround times.”

“There is a lot of information needed and forms signed by the borrower and seller, so the process has to be coordinated to get everything done in a timely manner,” said David Walters, Vice President and Branch Manager of First Bank Kansas in Abilene. “This program does have more requirements than most first time home purchases, but the borrower gets the benefit of generous 15-20% down payment in the form of a grant.”

First Bank officials stress that without assistance, many Kansans may not have the resources they need to purchase their first home. “Most first time buyers struggle to come up with enough cash for a minimum down payment, along with closing costs,” said Walters. “It helps put them in a better financial position, as their house payment is lower with this down payment assistance.”

Foster agrees. “Most homebuyers do not have large resources to put a lot of money down,” she said. “This grant helps them in so many ways.”

Beyond the homeowner benefits, Foster and Walters note that the program offers rewards for lenders as well. “It’s a tool for us to help qualify customers for a home loan,” Walters said of the program. “And also helps the customer buy that home in a financially smart way.”

Homebuyers hoping to take advantage of the program should do their research and start the process early.

“Talk to a home loan lender very early in the process,” said Walters. “They can provide borrowers with all the information needed to qualify them for a home loan, including minimum credit score, income requirements, minimum and maximum debt-to-income ratios, or down payment requirements.  All this ‘up-front’ information will help them qualify the borrower for the program and let them know the loan amount and monthly house payment amount they’ll qualify for.”

“Every purchase is a success story,” Foster said. “It is so rewarding working with these homebuyers.”

Ready to purchase your first home? Contact a participating lender to start the process.

Interested in working with KHRC as a participating lender? Contact our team.

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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 state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.

KHRC in the News

The Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund Program (2/1/23) – KOAM – Feb. 2, 2023

Kansas Encourages Rural Housing With Massive Influx of Funds – Flatland KC – Feb. 2, 2023

Statewide emergency rental assistance program, which distributed almost $20 million in relief in Douglas County, comes to an end – Lawrence Journal-World – Feb. 1, 2023

Kansans urged to apply for additional assistance as KERA closes – WIBW – Feb. 1, 2023 

After awarding $290 million, Kansas assistance program ends – KOAM – Feb. 1, 2023 

KANSAS EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CLOSED – KRSL – Feb. 1, 2023

Kansas Developer Shows Hometown Pride with Adaptive-Reuse Project – Affordable Housing Finance – Jan. 31, 2023

Le Roy tackles housing crunch – The Iola Register – Jan. 31, 2023

Program helping homeowners with emergency payments for mortgage, utility, property taxes ending soon – KVOE – Jan. 31, 2023

Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund to close soon – Fox 4 KC – Jan. 31, 2023

Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund to close soon – MSN – Jan. 30, 2023

HOMEOWNERS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE: HELP IS AVAILABLE – Fort Scott Biz – Jan. 30, 2023

Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund to close soon – KSNT – Jan. 30, 2023

Program meant to help Kansas homeowners during pandemic to close soon – WIBW – Jan. 30, 2023

KANSAS HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE FUND CLOSING SOON – KRSL – Jan. 30, 2023

Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – Jan. 24 – City of Pittsburg – Jan. 25, 2023

Douglas County’s Housing Stabilization Collaborative to switch rent and utility assistance distribution to lottery system – Lawrence Journal-World – Jan. 25, 2023

Salina Housing Authority to begin $23M renovation of affordable housing – Salina Post – Jan. 25, 2023

RAHJES REPORT: January 23, 2023 – Hays Post – Jan. 24, 2023

Housing Development Funds Available to Local Governments – Kansas Office of Recovery – Jan. 13, 2023 

$2 million Rural Home Loan Guarantee program to make Kansas housing more accessible – KSNW – Jan. 12, 2023

City weighs merits of development costs – The Iola Register – Jan. 10, 2023

New program hopes to grow homeownership in rural Kansas – KSN – Jan. 3, 2023

New program hopes to grow homeownership in rural Kansas – MSN – Jan. 3, 2023

$2 million available to help construction of new homes in rural Kansas – WIBW – Jan. 3, 2023

$2 MILLION IN KANSAS HOME LOAN GUARANTEE FUNDS TO HELP LENDERS, HOMEOWNERS FINANCE RURAL KANSAS HOMES – KRSL – Jan. 3, 2023

Building maintenance fund will remain in budget – Kiowa County Signal – Dec. 28, 2022

Ottawa receives chunk of $4.9 million in state funds for rural housing – Ottawa Herald – Dec. 24, 2022 

TWO CONCORDIA CITY COMMISSIONERS SWORN IN – Concordia Blade-Empire – Dec. 23, 2022 

Greensburg a recipient of Kansas Housing award for rural housing development – Kiowa County Signal – Dec. 21, 2022 

Headlines for Tuesday, December 20, 2022 – Kansas Public Radio – Dec. 20, 2022 

CITY OF CONCORDIA AWARDED MIH FUNDS – Concordia Blade-Empire – Dec. 19, 2022

Homeowners in need of assistance encouraged to apply now – Fort Scott Biz – Dec. 19, 2022

About 75% of Kansas Homeowner Assistance funds dispersed, only 25% remain – WIBW – Dec. 19, 2022

Only 25% of Kansas Homeowner Assistance Funds remain – Emporia Gazette – Dec. 19, 2022

Agency encourages homeowners to apply for pandemic mortgage relief funds – Lawrence Journal-World – Dec. 19, 2022

Emporia duplex project, area broadband business get state grant funding – KVOE AM 1400 – Dec. 17, 2022

Wichita moves forward with homeless proposal over objection from HumanKind Ministries – The Wichita Eagle – Dec. 6, 2022

Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – Nov. 22 – City of Pittsburg – Nov. 23, 2022

Douglas County will see steep drop in rent and utility assistance funding as statewide program ends – Lawrence Journal-World – Nov. 23, 2022

Homeowner assistance fund helps support over 2,300 Kansans – Derby Informer – Nov. 5, 2022

KHAF Support Still Available, Thousands of Homeowners Have Already Received Assistance – Kansas Office of Recovery – Nov. 4, 2022 

Winfield Breaks Ground On New Housing Development At 19th And Bliss – NewsCow – Nov. 3, 2022

KANSAS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MORTGAGE, PROPERTY TAX, AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE – Fort Scott Biz – Oct. 27, 2022

GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY ANNOUNCES NEARLY $25 MILLION HAS SUPPORTED OVER 2,300 KANSAS HOMEOWNERS – KRSL – Oct. 26, 2022

Kansas distributed nearly $25 million in mortgage and property tax aid to Kansans – KZRG – Oct. 25, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Record Interest in Rural Housing Development – Atchison Globe – Oct. 19, 2022

Historic Year for Housing – Affordable Housing News – Oct. 19, 2022

As Kansas winds down COVID-era housing aid, advocates worry about impact – The Topeka Capital-Journal – Oct. 18, 2022

GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY ANNOUNCES RECORD INTEREST IN RURAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – KRSL – Oct. 17, 2022

A record number of rural cities and counties are planning to build more homes in Kansas – KZRG – Oct. 17, 2022

Kansas Governor: Gov. Laura Kelly (Democrat) – The Emporia Gazette – Oct. 15, 2022

Kansas emergency rental assistance program coming to a close – High Plains Public Radio – Oct. 13, 202

Kansas emergency rental assistance program coming to a close – KMUW – Oct. 12, 2022

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE IS WINDING DOWN – Fort Scott Biz – Oct. 12, 2022

Kansas emergency rental program enters hold phase as funds dwindle – WIBW – Oct. 12, 2022

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance awards more than $250 million to Kansans in need – Dodge City Daily Globe – Oct. 11, 2022

KANSAS EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS MORE THAN $250 MILLION TO KANSANS IN NEED – KRSL – Oct. 10, 2022

KERA to close soon with $250 million used to help pay Kansans’ rent – WIBW – Oct. 9, 2022

COVID Rental Assistance Program Ends in Wichita – 101.3 KFDI – Oct. 8, 2022

City of Wichita ends emergency rental assistance program – MSN – Oct. 7, 2022

City of Wichita ends emergency rental assistance program – KWCH – Oct. 7, 2022

Rau Construction Completes Renovation of Affordable Seniors Housing Building in Kansas City – Rebusiness Online – Oct. 7, 2022

Kansas City Area Development Opportunity Up for Auction Conducted by McCurdy Real Estate & Auction – NewsWire – Oct. 5, 2022 

Kansas honors Energy Efficiency Day as cold weather approaches – WIBW – Oct. 5, 2022 

Governor Laura Kelly Talks Agriculture, Economic Development, and Housing Along Prosperity on the Plains Tour in Western Kansas – Kansas Office of the Governor – Sept. 29, 2022

Estimates show utility costs likely to significantly jump this winter – 12 News – Sept. 27, 2022

Salina hoping to build 150 duplex townhouses, using grant – Salina Journal – Sept. 27, 2022

Public hearings, housing among topics on City of Salina agenda – Salina Post – Sept. 26, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly talks agriculture, housing along Prosperity on the Plains Tour in western Kansas – High Plains Journal – Sept. 22, 2022 

RUSSELL CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR RENOVATION OF FORMER HOLLAND HOTEL – KRSL – Sept. 21, 2022

Emporia City Commission approves grant application to state of Kansas during regular meeting Wednesday – KVOE – Sept. 21, 2022

City commission approves grant application for housing project – The Emporia Gazette – Sept. 21, 2022

The Johnson County Government Magazine – Fall 2022 Edition – JoCo Magazine – Sept. 21, 2022

Kansas Digest: Kansas commissions filing deadline; affordable rural housing; soybean request for proposed research. – KansasFarmer – Sept. 14, 2022

Liberal City Commission Approves 2023 Budget – KSCB Radio News – Sept. 13, 2022

$1M in ARPA funding will help Housing Stabilization Collaborative to continue providing rent and utility assistance – Lawrence Journal-World – Sept. 9, 2022

ESTABLISHMENT OF RHID PROPOSED TO HELP MEET HOUSING NEEDS – Concordia Blade-Empire – Sept. 7, 2022

Kansas Governor: Affordable Housing a Top Priority – Kansas Public Radio – Sept. 1, 2022

Gov. pushes for affordable housing needs at annual conference – WIBW – Aug. 30, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly Champions Affordable Housing at Kansas Housing Conference – Kansas Office of the Governor – Aug. 30, 2022 

Conference in Wichita this week explores affordable housing in Kansas – Wichita Business Journal – Aug. 30, 2022

Treasurer to discuss barriers to quality housing at Kansas Housing Conference – WIBW – Aug. 29, 2022

New senior housing development in Topeka awarded tax credits, funding – WIBW – Aug. 18, 2022

Homelessness stretches beyond urban borders in Kansas. New tax credits for housing could help. – Kansas Reflector – Aug. 16, 2022 

Backlash over cleanup of Lawrence homeless camp points to bigger problems – The Miami County Republic – Aug. 15, 2022

Housing project’s tax credits rescinded – Hillsboro Star-Journal – Aug. 11, 2022

Downtown stage, special assessments on City of Salina agenda – Salina Post – Aug. 8, 2022

28 houses planned at ballpark – Hillsboro Star-Journal – Aug. 3, 2022 

Help Rewriting QAPs Provides Opportunity for Clarity, Simplification – Novogradac – Aug. 3, 2022 

Take two for Zarah Mall housing grants – Yahoo News – Aug. 2, 2022 

Take two for Zarah Mall housing grants – Great Bend Tribune – Aug. 2, 2022

Free land? How about a free house? Kansas town tries a little of everything to grow – The Kansas City Star – Aug. 1, 2022

In Focus 7/29/22: Kansas Housing Resources Corporation – KMAN 1350 AM – July 29, 2022

Down payment assistance programs in every state for 2022 – The Mortgage Reports – July 28, 2022

Commission hopefuls answer questions – Great Bend Tribune – July 22, 2022 

Home weatherization program available to help low-income families lower utility costs – Wyandotte Daily – July 22, 2022

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Affordable Housing Trust Fun – City of Lawrence – July 22, 2022

Questions arise for low-income housing project in Great Bend – Hays Post – July 20, 2022

Talks continue on proposed HOI development – Great Bend Tribune – July 18, 2022

Kansas evictions report shows ignorance of legal system – Derby Informer – July 13, 2022

Kan. eviction report: Ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – JC Post – July 9, 2022 

Kansas evictions report highlights ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – KAKE – July 9, 2022

Kan. eviction report: Ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – Salina Post – July 9, 2022

Kansas report on evictions highlights ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – Wyandotte Daily – July 8, 2022

Kansas report on evictions highlights ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – The Iola Register – July 8, 2022 

Kansas report on evictions highlights ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – Kansas Reflector – July 8, 2022

Kansas report on evictions highlights people’s ignorance of legal system, confusion over rent assistance – Lawrence Journal-World – July 8, 2022

Kelly seess continued economic success, growth on horizon – The Emporia Gazette –  July 2, 2022

Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – June 28 – City of Pittsburg – June 28, 2022

The Kansas Mortgage Relief Program Is Helping Homeowners – EIN News – June 23, 2022 

PTAC Energy Saver For Residential HVAC Energy Savings In Kansas – GREENandSAVE.com – June 17, 2022

Ellinwood impresses County Commission – Great Bend Tribune – June 8, 2022

Kelly ‘very confident’ Kansas will land $4B megaproject – Wichita Business Journal – June 7, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Kelly ‘very confident’ Kansas will land $4B megaproject – Kansas City Business Journal – June 6, 2022

Housing Development Partners are sought for Grant Opportunity – Atchison Globe – June 6, 2022

Lincoln’s “free house” to be SAVED! – Live Lincoln County Kansas – June 6, 2022 

Large, affordable housing apartment complex near SLT moving forward – Lawrence Journal-World – June 6, 2022

Proven need for workforce housing; renovated school fills immediately – Hays Post – June 5, 2022

Rural housing in Kansas sees improvements – Salina Post – May 28, 2022

Manhattan Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 31st home – KMAN 1350 AM – May 27, 2022

Kansas must solve rural affordable housing dilemma. With new programs, it’s on the right path – The Topeka Capital-Journal – May 15, 2022

Rural housing grants available to prepare for future cheese plant – Dodge City Daily Globe – May 14, 2022

State designates $62 million for affordable housing development – KRSL – May 13, 2022

Kansas passes major housing bills during legislative session – WIBW – May 13, 2022

Kansas’ future may lie in the housing market, but rural development must keep up – The Topeka Capital-Journal – May 9, 2022

Kansas governor signs bipartisan legislation creating tax incentive for housing construction – Kansas Reflector – May 7, 2022

Office of Recovery Newsletter – Office of Recovery – May 6, 2022

Everything You Need to Know about State LIHTCs in 2022 – Novogradac – May 4, 2022

Developers seek to pull combined $11M in multifamily IRBs for Wichita projects – Wichita Business Journal – Apr. 25, 2022

Kansas Housing Launches Mortgage Relief Program – Office of Recovery – Apr. 22, 2022

Ten Minutes With… Danielle Johnson, Habitat for Humanity – Wichita Business Journal – Apr. 22, 2022

Color of Awakening – The Emporia Gazette – Apr. 2, 2022

INSIGHT: Hometown advocacy – Salina Post – Mar. 30, 2022

Color of Awakening – JC Post – Mar. 28, 2022 

Help with Utility, Rent Deposits Now Available for Eligible Renters – WIBW – Mar. 26, 2022

Pay scheduled change, bonds among items on city agenda – The Salina Post – Mar. 20, 2022 

Governor Laura Kelly Prioritizes Affordable Housing in Budget Amendments – KRSL – Mar. 15, 2022

BOWERS: 2022 Senate Scene Week Nine – Hays Post – Mar. 14, 2022

Tax credit bundle promoting housing, aerospace, education gets preliminary Kansas Senate nod – Kansas Reflector – Mar. 9, 2022

Pittsburg City Commission Meeting Recap – Feb. 22 – City of Pittsburg – Feb. 22, 2022

2022 Kansas first-time homebuyer assistance programs – MSN – Feb. 18, 2022

When will high home prices come down? Maybe they won’t, says Wichita State economist – Wichita Eagle – Feb. 17, 2022

Ryan Vincent, Kansas Housing Corp. – Hays Post – Feb. 8, 2022 

KHRC Emergency Rental Assistance Program Executive Director Ryan Vincent – Eagle Communications – Feb. 7, 2022 

Weather program available for low-income residents – Leavenworth Times – Feb. 5, 2022

Governor Kelly Visits Alma to Talk About Importance of Affordable Housing Across Kansas Communities – KANSAN to KANSAN Newsletter – Feb. 4, 2022

Statewide Survey yields interesting facts about growth of cities in Kansas – Atchison Globe – Feb. 2, 2022

New apartments in Alma fill a need – Iola Register – Feb. 2, 2022

Valeo touts Mobile Access Partnership’s role in changing lives – WIBW – Feb. 1, 2022

Governor discusses affordable housing opportunities – Little Apple Post – Feb. 1, 2022

Governor discusses affordable housing opportunities – JC Post – Feb. 1, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly Discusses Affordable Housing Opportunities in Alma – Office of the Governor – Jan. 31, 2022

Kelly talks proposal to boost funds for moderate income housing in Alma visit – KMAN 1350 AM – Jan. 31, 2022

Downtown historic building in Alma provides housing, in efforts to help rural communities – WIBW – Jan. 31, 2022

Free weatherization services available to qualifying Kansas households – KPA | Kansas Positive Press – Jan. 28, 2022

Do you qualify for free weatherization services? – Fox 4 KC – Jan. 28, 2022

Do you qualify for free weatherization services? – KSN – Jan. 27, 2022

Free housing upgrades available to Kansans who qualify – KSNT – Jan. 27, 2022

Homeowners warned to be prepared to shell out more for natural gas – KWCH – Jan. 27, 2022

Kansas needs ‘increased investment’ in all housing categories, realtor groups says – Atchison Globe – Jan. 27, 2022

Free weatherization services available to qualifying Kansas households – The Hutchinson News – Jan. 27, 2022

City leaders discuss statewide housing needs, governor’s budget proposal… – Lawrence Journal-World – Jan. 18, 2022

Kansas has billions of dollars in surplus. – The Garden City Telegram – Jan. 18, 2022

How Kelly wants to spend state’s billions of surplus – The Newton Kansan – Jan. 15, 2022

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly plans worker pay raises, cash for social services in 2023 budget – The Kansas City Star – Jan. 13, 2022

Kansas has billions of dollars in surplus. Here are 9 ways the governor wants to spend it – KCUR – Jan. 12, 2022

Housing solutions become reality in Stafford County – St. John News – Jan. 12, 2022

CHAD Awarded 2022 Moderate Income Housing Grant – Dodge City Daily Globe – Jan. 11, 2022

CHAD Awarded 2022 Moderate Income Housing Grant – SWKSRadio – Jan. 10, 2022

Compliance News Briefs – January 2022 – Novogradac – Jan. 5, 2022

LeRoy to see new triplex living space through state grant – KVOE – Dec. 21, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court creates Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices for Eviction Proceedings – KS Courts – Dec. 16, 2021

Ordinance establishes new Frontier Apartments RHID in historic building – Hays Post – Dec. 11, 2021

Housing shortages keeping Kansans out of a home on the range – The Journal | Kansas Leadership Center – Nov. 9, 2021

Local non-profits preparing to keep people warm this winter – KSNT – Nov. 3, 2021

Atmos Energy and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation Partner to Encourage Weatherization – MarketScreener – Oct. 28, 2021

Kansas agencies offer tips for energy savings on Energy Efficiency Day – WIBW – Oct. 7, 2021

Save energy: Kansas observes Energy Efficiency Day – Great Bend Tribune – Oct. 7, 2021

Derby’s housing needs continue to grow – Derby Informer – Sept. 29, 2021

Next step in former St. Joseph School RHID request approved by city commission – Hays Post – Sept. 27, 2021

City commission to vote on RHID resolution for historic St. Joseph School – Hays Post – Sept. 23, 2021

Zarah Mall in Great Bend looking to build second-floor apartments – Great Bend Post – Sept. 21, 2021

Council OKs grant to help Zarah housing – Great Bend Tribune – Sept. 20, 2021

Grant could help bring housing to Zarah – Great Bend Tribune – Sept. 18, 2021

RHID process for St. Joseph School redevelopment will be ‘a marathon of meetings’ – Hays Post – Sept. 17, 2021

City commission to review financial incentives requested by St. Joseph redevelopment – Hays Post – Sept. 16, 2021

Emporia City Commission approves fiscal year 2022 budget and five year plan Wednesday – KVOE – Sept. 15, 2021

City approves 2022 budget- The Emporia Gazette – Sept. 15, 2021

Emporia City Commission to consider finalizing 2022 budget Wednesday evening – KVOE – Sept. 14, 2021

Hillsboro Votes To Refinance Bonds For A Potential $35,000 Savings – Hillsboro Free Press – Sept. 14, 2021

The Annex Group Announces Plans to Develop 248-Unit Union at The Loop Affordable Housing Community… – MultifamilyBiz – Aug. 23, 2021

Lofts at 832 project in the works – Atchison Globe – Aug. 19, 2021

Hays Parish Hall passes first hurdle in apartment renovation project – Hays Post – Aug. 18, 2021

The Annex Group to Build 248-Unit Community in Kansas – Affordable Housing Finance – Aug. 17, 2021

Budget, SFD audit, citizen petition, annexation on city agenda – Salina Post – Aug. 15, 2021

The Rundown – Senior housing development moves forward – 4state.news – Aug. 12, 2021

K-State’s $100K net-zero prototype house is finished. Here’s what it looks like inside. – The Wichita Eagle – Aug. 12, 2021

Pittsburg City Commission meeting recap – Aug. 10, 2021 – City of Pittsburg – Aug. 10, 2021

Developer seeks to turn Hays parish center into apartments – Hays Post – July 19, 2021

Pittsburg City Commission meeting recap – June 22, 2021 – City of Pittsburg – June 24, 2021

Epworth Towers in Hays completes $6.9M renovation – Hays Post – June 18, 2021

Group housing facility Transitions opens in full capacity, completing first piece of behavioral health campus – Lawrence Journal-World – June 12, 2021

Meet MAP — Mobile Access Partnership — in Topeka – The Topeka Capital-Journal – May 28, 2021

City leaders approve an increase in fines for dogs at large (Atchison City Commission) – Atchison Globe – May 18, 2021

First-time homebuyers in Kansas could soon get help saving money – KSNT – May 18, 2021

Homeowner Assistance Fund Part of American Rescue Plan – Update – EIN Presswire – May 13, 2021

Pittsburg City Commission meeting recap – City of Pittsburg – May 11, 2021

Today’s Mortgage Rates in Kansas – MoneyWise – May 4, 2020

HOI, officials break ground on Quail Cove development – Great Bend Tribune – Apr. 29, 2021

Salina awarded $3.1 million housing assistance funds – Salina Journal – Apr. 21, 2021

2021 Kansas first-time homebuyer assistance programs – BankRate – Apr. 5, 2021

Valeo Behavioral Health Care and the Topeka Rescue Mission Announce the Mobile Access Partnership (MAP) – TK Business Magazine – Apr. 1, 2021

KC Regional Housing Alliance to hold virtual event connecting tenants with resources for rent relief – KSHB 41 – Kansas City – Mar. 18, 2021

Emporia City Commissioners extend mask mandate to Apr. 10, discuss mandate’s future beyond that time – KVOE – Mar. 17, 2021

About $600 Million in Rental Assistance Coming in Kansas, Missouri – Flatland – Mar. 16, 2021

K-State students designed a prototype of solar homes that cost about $100,000 – The Wichita Eagle – Mar. 7, 2021

Stunted growth: Local realtor says housing shortage has reached tipping point – The Emporia Gazette – Mar. 6, 2021

City Commission approves several road work projects – The Emporia Gazette – Mar. 5, 2021

Geitz to not seek re-election in 2021; City formally accepts $700,000 CDBG grant – KVOE – Mar. 3, 2021

City Commission faces full slate during Wednesday action session – The Emporia Gazette – Mar. 2, 2021

Are You a First-Time Home Buyer in Kansas? Here are the mortgage programs available to first-time homebuyers in your state. – MoneyWise – Feb. 26, 2021

Community Impact: Eviction Prevention – Kansas Office of Recovery –  Feb. 19, 2021

Kansas to provide $200 million to help pay rents for those in need – Liberal Leader & Times – Feb. 19, 2021

City housing program moving forward – McPherson Sentinel – Feb. 18, 2021

Housing leaders in Wichita and Kansas announce $200 million in rental assistance – KSN News – Feb. 16, 2021

Kansas bolsters COVID-19 rental-assistance program – KSHB 41-Kansas City – Feb. 16, 2021

Governor Kelly Announces $200 Million In Statewide Rental Assistance – Kansas Office of the Governor – Feb. 16, 2021

Pandemic assistance: Governor announces $200M for renters – Salina Post – Feb. 16, 2021

$200 Million In Statewide Rental Assistance Becomes Available – KSCB News – Feb. 16, 2021

New emergency rental assistance program coming in March – KAKE-TV – Feb. 11, 2021

Wichita prepares to launch rental assistance program – KWCH 12 – Feb. 4, 2021

Renters struggle to pay rent during pandemic; help available – Hays Post – Feb. 2, 2021

Cornerstone of Topeka unveils new affordable housing options in central Topeka – Topeka Capital-Journal – Jan. 29, 2021

Cornerstone of Topeka, Inc. to host ribbon-cutting on new affordable housing development – WIBW – Jan. 28, 2021

Office of Rural Prosperity 2020 Annual Report – Jan. 28, 2021

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

Holm Auto Good News: Help with utility, rent deposits now available for eligible renters – Salina Journal – Jan. 24, 2021

Area Agency on Aging announces grant funding to assist with rent and utilities for eligible residents – KVOE – Jan. 23, 2021

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

Kansas Housing provides $1.8 million in rent, utility assistance – EIN Presswire | Kansas Legal Services – Jan. 20, 2021

City of McPherson seeking housing applicants – The Kansan – Jan. 12, 2021

Helpful resources for Kansas Consumers – KAKE – Jan. 7, 2021

Time running out to apply for rental assistance in Kansas – KSNT – Dec. 11, 2020

Kansas rent help deadline is less than a week away – WIBW – Dec. 11, 2020

Andrea J. Boyack: Mind housing cost gap between tenant, landlord – The Topeka Capital-Journal – Dec. 10, 2020

Deadline approaching for statewide rental assistance program – KAKE-Wichita – Dec. 7, 2020

Kansas Government News – Kansas Government Journal – Dec. 2020

How a local landlord, tenant are navigating the pandemic – The Topeka Capital-Journal – Nov. 26, 2020

Kansans facing financial hardships can apply for up to $5,000 in rental assistance – KSN News – Nov. 17, 2020

Rental assistance still available – The Hutchinson News – Nov. 5, 2020

Funds still available for KEPP – 13-WIBW – Nov. 3, 2020

Rental crisis still looms – The Hutchinson News – Nov. 1, 2020

Need help catching up on rent? This program can help! – 13-WIBW – Oct. 30, 2020

State announces Kansas Eviction Prevention Program to help tenants pay rent – The Topeka Capital-Journal – Oct. 29, 2020

Letter to the editor: Moratoriums may cause crisis – The Topeka Capital-Journal – Oct. 29, 2020

Coffee Chat – AARP KS – Oct. 28, 2020

The 5 Q’s: Tiffany Romine of SEK-CAP discusses rental assistance program for those affected by COVID-19 – The Joplin Globe – Oct. 25, 2020

Landlords, tenants eligible for rent payment assistance – Liberal Leader & Times -Oct. 22, 2020

SEK-CAP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR KANSAS EVICTION PREVENTION PROGRAM – Fort Scott Biz – Oct. 22, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly Announces $35 million in Rental Assistance to Keep Kansans in Their Homes, Businesses – KSCB – Oct. 22, 2020

State To Aid In Rent Payments – WIBW News – Oct. 22, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly seeks bipartisan House, Senate talks on new mask mandate – Shawnee Mission Post -Oct. 22, 2020

Local and state-issued CARES funding aims to help curb eviction problem – Pittsburg Morning Sun – Oct. 22, 2020

KHRC creates new eviction prevention program – WIBW-13 – Oct. 21, 2020

Kansas creates rental aid program to help reduce evictions, pay landlords – The Wichita Eagle – Oct. 21, 2020

Program designed to reduce evictions will pay rent back to April 2020 – KSNT.com -Oct. 21, 2020

New program gives up to $5,000 in rental assistance to eligible Kansas tenants – KSHB 41 – Kansas City – Oct. 21, 2020

State of Kansas announces $35 million in rental assistance – KWCH 12 – Oct. 21, 2020

STATE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED IN WICHITA – 101.3 FM KFDI – Oct. 20, 2020

COVID-19 funds available to help those who may be evicted in KC area – Wyandotte Daily – Oct. 20, 2020

APPLY NOW: New Eviction Prevention Program Assists Tenants, Landlords Impacted by COVID – Kansas Bar Association – Oct. 20, 2020

New program announced for those struggling with rent due to COVID-19 impacts – The Hutchinson News – Oct. 19, 2020

19 New COVID Cases, 1 New Death – KSAL.com – Oct. 16, 2020

LANDLORDS AND TENANTS APPLY FOR UP TO $5,000 PER HOUSEHOLD – Fort Scott Biz – Oct. 16, 2020

Saline County: Symptomatic person went to local sale barn; another death – Salina Post – Oct. 16, 2020

19 New COVID Cases, 1 New Death – KSAL.com – Oct. 16, 2020

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

Grant could spur more housing – Marion County Record – Sept. 24, 2020

Housing finally at Highlands? Maybe! – Abilene Reflector-Chronicle – Sept. 18, 2020

SafeHope seeking expansion – The Kansan – Sept. 18, 2020

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

Grant funding, Fanestil bonds among agenda items for Emporia City Commission – KVOE – Sept. 2, 2020

City Commission approves CDGB-CV funding for economic and food – KVOE – Sept. 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

Senior housing growing – Ark Valley – The News – Dec. 19, 2019

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

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

Eastridge Villas: Senior housing project was a cooperative effort – The Scott County Record – Oct. 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 – Oct. 22, 2018

Leavenworth housing agency honored – The Leaven – Oct. 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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