Kansas Housing Provides $1.8 Million in Rent, Utility Assistance
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|
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.