Kansas Housing Awards $4.7 Million to Support Emergency Housing Efforts
TOPEKA – Nonprofit organizations and local governments across the state received a funding boost to prevent and respond to homelessness, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds, made available through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, will support individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Kansas received the additional ESG funding to address heightened needs surrounding the COVID pandemic.
“Home has never been more important,” said Ryan Vincent, Executive Director of Kansas Housing. “Home has always been a place of shelter, but in the midst of the pandemic it’s become so much more. Home now provides our virtual workplace, our marketplace, our children’s classrooms, and our online gathering space for worship services, community meetings, and social events with family and friends. We’re so pleased to distribute this crucial funding to preserve access to home for our most vulnerable Kansans.”
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the ESG program supports local service partners that work to prevent homelessness and assist people experiencing homelessness. Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) serves as the state’s ESG program administrator. Grant awards help fund emergency shelters, rapid rehousing services, street outreach, homelessness prevention strategies, and more.
The supplemental CARES Act ESG funding will support local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and community mental health centers across the state. Funding will provide housing and community services including emergency shelter operations and administration, domestic violence shelters, behavioral health services, and rental and utility assistance for Kansans at risk of eviction. Service partners applied for funding through a competitive application process. Complete award details are available online.