Housing Authorities in Kansas

State of Housing in KansasThe State of Kansas has over a hundred Housing Authorities. The housing programs are:

Housing and Credit Counseling

Housing and Credit Counseling, Incorporated, a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencyprovides assistance for:

  • Fair Housing Pre-Purchase Education Workshops
  • Financial Management
  • Budget Counseling
  • Home Improvement and Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling
  • Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops for Homeowners
  • Pre-purchase Counseling
  • Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
  • Predatory Lending Education Workshops
  • Rental Housing Counseling

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is a program designed to help income-eligible households with rent, security deposit, and/or utility deposit programs. Assistance in the form of a rental payment helps reduce a household’s rent to only 30 percent of their income. The amount above 30 percent is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the household. Security or utility deposits may be in the form of a loan or a grant.

Weatherization

Weatherization improves heating efficiency and fuel savings by ensuring your home holds in heat and air-conditioning,State of Housing in Kansas while keeping hot and cold air out. At NO CHARGE to the client, income eligible families receive a comprehensive home assessment which includes repair or replacement of heating systems, insulation and caulking. Weatherization services may include:weatherstripping, caulking around doors and windows, cleaning, testing, repairs or replacement, of refrigerators, heating and/or cooling systems, adding insulation to walls, ceilings and foundations, infiltration reduction. Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), the household is automatically considered eligible for weatherization services.

Section 8 Tenant Complaints

Tenants living in a project-based Section 8 apartment community, who are unable to resolve health, safety, or maintenance issues with the property owner and/or management agent, may contact KHRC at the following:

Manufactured Housing Program

The Kansas Manufactured Housing Act, located at K.S.A. 58-4216 et seq., gave the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) authority to adopt installation standards for manufactured housing in Kansas, as well as administer a dispute resolution program for the installation of manufactured homes in the State.Certified by HUD the Kansas Manufactured Housing Program was established to protect the health and safety of the owners of manufactured (mobile) homes. This protection is enforced by federal manufactured home construction and safety standards and provides for administration of dispute resolution.

Emergency Shelter Grant

The ESG program is designed to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. KHRC plans to release information on the new timeline for the ESG application and proposed training and planning sessions. At this time it is important that all existing and prospective ESG applicants become familiar with the changes and new regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grant.

Homelessness Prevention

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), created by the Recovery Act of 2009, providesState of Housing in Kansas financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. HPRP funds are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance.

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Team consists of representatives from Commerce, KHRC, KDHE, and representatives from fair housing organizations across the state. The team generally meets on a quarterly basis to coordinate activities that will further fair housing choice in Kansas.

Project Deserve

Project DESERVE helps pay the Westar Energy electric bills of people with a severe disability (children or adults meeting Social Security disability criteria) and older adults (people 60 years or older).

Eligibility

  • Income eligible

Income Limits

# of PersonsLow IncomeVery Low Income30% of Median
1 $38,300 $23,950 $14,350
2 $43,800 $27,350 $16,400
3 $49,250 $30,800 $18,450
4 $54,700 $34,200 20,500
5 $59,100 $36,950 $22,150
6 $63,500 $39,650 $23,800
7 $67,850 $42,400 $25,450
8 $72,250 $45,150 $27,100
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Preferential status:
  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) of Kansas. There are overState of Housing in Kansas a hundred of them. The Program Coordinating Committee usuually consists of representatives of local government, employment and job training agencies, welfare agencies, nonprofit providers, local businesses, and assisted families. Supportive services most commonly provided to FSS program participants are child care, transportation, remedial education, and job training.

Lead Free Homes

This program addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence of allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury.

Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative consists of two grant programs: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants and Community Challenge Planning Grants. The Initiative also has a research and evaluation program.

Unemployment rate in Kansas and the Housing Waiting Lists

The unemployment rate for Kansas rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2013 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Kansas 5.6% +0.1 -0.2

The unemployment rate in Kansas peaked in June 2009 at 7.5% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2012, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. According to a study, thecharacteristics that lead people to live in public housing are likely to make them less employable; for example, lower education levels, not speaking the local language, or being foreign. Thus, changes in these characteristics over time, or changes in the needs of employers with respect to these characteristicslikely explain the some of the increasing gap in unemployment rates between residents of public rental and private housing.

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