Kansas Housing Awards 8.4 Million in Stimulus Funding to Prevent Homelessness

11 agencies to serve at-risk families statewide;
Funds will provide housing relocation, stabilization and financial assistance

Topeka, KS – October 12, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Kansas Housing Resources Corporation has announced the award of approximately $8.4 million in homelessness prevention grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The funds will allow 11 units of local government and eligible nonprofit organizations to provide services through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP).

“HPRP is the first step in completely transforming emergency shelter services for the homeless,” said Karen Davis, Director of Community Development for the City of Manhattan. “Instead of waiting for clients to enter shelter, we now have the ability to intervene early and keep families in their homes, preserving the stability and well being of not only the family, but also our community,” said Davis.

ARRA appropriated $1.5 billion nationwide for homelessness prevention services and the rapid re-housing of homeless or near homeless persons. HPRP will focus on housing and services that either assist with obtaining housing or maintain housing, but is not a mortgage assistance program.

“We’re pleased to have been selected as the processing center for eastern Kansas to facilitate funding of short-term housing and rental assistance to benefit persons who are homeless,” said Pete Zevenbergen, CEO of the Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. and Kim Wilson Housing in Kansas City. “This funding clearly recognizes the significance of housing as a critical component of recovery for persons with mental illness,” said Zevenbergen.

Organizations awarded funding is listed below.  

 

Organization

Funding Amount

Communities Served

City of

Wamego

$78,000.00

Pottawatomie and

Wabaunsee
Counties

City of

Hutchinson

$191,000.00

Hutchinson

City of

Salina

$163,000.00

Salina

City of

Manhattan

$495,000.00

 

Riley County 

City of

Lawrence

$648,000.00

Lawrence and Douglas County

 

Johnson 
County

$843,000.00

 

Johnson County

Prairie View Behavioral and Mental Healthcare

$1,660,000.00

 

Central Kansas

Area Mental

Health
Center

$1,660,500.00

 

Western Kansas

 

Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

$2,160,000.00

 

Eastern Kansas

MAAClink- HMIS Data Collection and Reporting

$120,000.00

HMIS Data Collection and Reporting

United Way of the Plains

$133,471.00

211 Referral and Outreach 

Examples of assistance funded by HPRP are utility payments and arrears, short and medium term rental assistance, moving costs, credit repair, housing search and case management. Eligible families must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income and be either homeless or at-risk of losing their home, without appropriate subsequent housing options and without the financial resources and support networks available to obtain immediate housing or remain in existing housing.

Individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless are advised to contact their local HPRP service provider directly to determine eligibility for services and schedule an initial consultation with a case manager.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is quasi-public agency that finances
and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout Kansas.

CONTACT:
Catherine Couch, 785-296-0081
or ccouch (at) kshousingcorp (dot) org

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The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) was formed pursuant to K.S.A. 74-8904(v) per the Governor's Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) # 30.  KHRC is a subsidiary corporation of the Kansas Development Finance Authority. 

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.

Contact:

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
611 South Kansas Avenue, Suite 300
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3803
Phone: (785) 296-5865
Fax: (785) 296-8985

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