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Kansas communities will receive a funding boost to provide emergency housing services for citizens in need. The funds, made available through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, will be awarded to local communities and nonprofit organizations to support Kansans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Lawrence’s Woody Campground.

City of Lawrence officials used ESG funding to establish an emergency shelter campground and a temporary shelter at a local hotel. “This crucial funding has made our Woody Campground outreach program and our EconoLodge temporary shelter programs possible,” said City of Lawrence Assistant City Manager Brandon McGuire. “Without these supplemental ESG funds our community’s most vulnerable population would spend the winter unhoused and unconnected to the support they need.  Because of this funding they are now sheltered and working with case managers to graduate them to the Rapid Re-Housing program, all while being safe in the pandemic atmosphere. We are very grateful to KHRC for the ability to utilize this funding for our community.”

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.

In addition to the 2020 ESG allocation of $1.5 million, the 2020 federal CARES Act provided $4.5 million in supplemental ESG funding to respond to housing needs created or exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. Supplemental funding supports local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and community mental health centers across the state, providing 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 for both the 2020 ESG allocation and 2020 ESG supplemental CARES Act funding 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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Kansans struggling to cover rent and utility payments due to COVID may qualify for up to 12 months of emergency assistance thanks to new federal relief aid. The initiativefunded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental  Appropriations Act of 2021, provides the state of Kansas with  $200 million to support housing stability and prevent evictions and homelessness. Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) and the City of Wichita will administer the funds.  

Home has never been more important,” said Ryan Vincent, KHRC Executive Director. “Home has always been a place of shelter, but in the midst of the pandemic it’s also become our virtual workplace, classroom, and gathering space. Rental assistance protects Kansans’ access to home when they need it most.” 

”In unprecedented times of hardship, it’s imperative that we step up to provide security to those in need,” said Sally Stang, Director of Housing and Community Services for the City of Wichita. “Everyone needs a little help now and then, and we want to ensure that families and individuals who need help to stay in their homes receive it.”

Tenants may qualify for assistance if they earn no more than 80 percent of their area’s median income, are experiencing documented financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic, and may be at risk of housing instability or homelessness without assistance 

Wichita residents may apply for assistance through the Wichita Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERAP) administered by the city’s Housing and Community Services division. The city’s online application will open on Monday, Feb. 22.   

Kansans living outside the Wichita city limits may apply for assistance through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program administered by KHRC. The online KERA application will open on Monday, March 15 

The KERA and WERAP programs come on the heels of the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP), a $20 million assistance initiative administered by KHRC with federal CARES Act funding. In the roughly 60 days that the program was in statewide operation, KHRC received 10,138 applications for more than $25 million requested in assistance, representing 27,200 Kansans financially impacted by COVID. 

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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. This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0032 awarded to Kansas Housing Resources Corporation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

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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.

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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.

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Ryan VincentThis 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

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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

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Kansas Housing helps Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. To learn more about the TBRA program, contact Program Manager Cynthia Howerton or visit our website.

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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.

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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.

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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