Tenants and homeowners that are facing homelessness in Kansas can get help from various non-profit organizations and government agencies. Using federal government grants, there is assistance available for paying a portion of rent, moving costs, or a security deposit. Homeowners can explore free foreclosure counseling and get help in applying for a number of mortgage programs. Other services in Kansas include legal aid, landlord / tenant mediation and case management services.
In some cases, residents are too far behind on their payments. So for those individuals that need to move into more affordable housing or a new low income apartment in Kansas, there are programs available for them too. Examples include transitional housing, financial aid to pay the security deposit on a new home, or help in searching for a new residence. However, the goal is always on eviction and foreclosure prevention.
While certain very low income families in Kansas may receive some financial assistance for a rental or housing expenses, the focus is on case management, guidance, and self-sufficiency. Case managers, social workers, and maybe even volunteers will work with individuals to explore long term solutions. If a tenant is strictly looking for financial support, they can also use this resource to find help with rent.
As part of this case management process, residents will need to participate in various workshops and classes. Most of the non-profits will make these sessions mandatory if they are to provide any grants for paying rent. So participants should be prepared to attend budgeting and credit counseling workshops. The unemployed homeless will need to be aggressively looking for work or in job training. Much more may be required as well.
The goal of this process is to address the root cause of the homelessness or eviction. Once that is understood, the individual will be offered the tools and support they need in order to prevent it from happening again.
While very limited, and the funding levels vary from year to year and by agency, in some cases one time, emergency rental assistance may be available. However this will vary by county and organization. Much of this originates from the federal government and their HUD grants. It is focused on families that have an eviction notice and that meet other guidelines. Homeowners will be referred to mortgage delinquency counseling or home loan modification programs. Almost all funding in Kansas is available on a first come and served basis.
Rapid rehousing is a form of assistance for families that are currently homeless. They may be placed into short term shelter sites or a transitional unit. There, they can work with case managers on employment, credit, and other needs. When ready to leave those shelter centers, there may be some government grants to pay a portion of a security deposit on a new, low income apartment.
When a family is placed into a new affordable apartment in Kansas, they will have access to ongoing homeless prevention support. The goal of the service is to help the tenant sustain their new permanent home over time. Therefore the Kansas rapid rehousing program not only gives financial support for a deposit or moving costs, but it stress activities including budgeting, saving, and other self-sufficiency.
Not only can the homeless or residents facing eviction get help, but additional assistance is also for other groups of individuals. As an example, some resources are focused on veterans and their families. The state of Kansas will also coordinate housing for the elderly or disabled in the state. Loans or other housing programs can help them with paying back rent and there are also a number of low income apartments dedicated for their needs. Find a comprehensive listing on homeless prevention program for the elderly, and other assistance for seniors in Kansas.
As noted, the exact resources offered will vary. Much of the funding comes from HUD and the emergency shelter grant, or ESG. However many of the agencies will also offer referrals or other forms of support.
City of Lawrence and Douglas County
Telephone number is 785-842-8110 or 785-830-1706
Counties - Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Wichita
City of Independence
Independence Housing Authority
Pottawatomie and Riley Counties
Manhattan Housing Authority
Butler and Sedgwick Counties
There are a few agencies that offer eviction help. Most of them have limited funding for expenses such as rent or they offer referrals. Additional support may include free legal aid or motel vouchers, shelter, and rehousing in the community. Find more on Sedgwick County.
Or another agency to try is Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, dial 316-685-1821.
Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall and Nemaha Counties
Northeast Kansas Community Action Program
Telephone - 785-742-2222
Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace Counties
Northwest Kansas Housing, Inc.
Main phone number is 785-421-2151
Harvey, Marion and McPherson Counties
Prairie View, Inc.
Counties - Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson Counties
Southeast Kansas Community Action Program
Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
City of Atchison
City of Chanute
For intake, dial 620-431-5216
City of Coffeyville
Safehouse Crisis Center
Dial 620-252-6177 for information.
Safehouse Crisis Center
For information, dial 620-724-6390
City of El Dorado
Family Life Center
City of Emporia
Plumb Place (Women)
Telephone - 620-343-4252
City of Garden City
Salvation Army, Emmaus House
Main phone - 620-276-1170
Harvey County DV/SA
Prairie View, City of Hays
First Call of Ellis County
785-628-7300 or 785-623-2800
City of Hutchinson
New Beginnings, 620-694-2635
Salvation Army, 620-663-3353
City of Independence
Home Sweet Home
There are several non-profits and government agencies that may offer shelter, legal aid, and grants for everything from deposits to moving costs. They often rely on HUD funding and other government aid. Read more homeless prevention in Johnson County.
Johnson County Mental Health, 913-715-0562
Catholic Charities of NE KS, 913-782-4077
Salvation Army, 913-829-0578
City of Junction City
City of Lawrence
Lawrence Community Shelter, Willow Domestic Violence Ctr. (DV), 785-832-3117
The Salvation Army, 785-843-1716
City of Leavenworth
Alliance Against Family Violence (DV), 913-680-2614
Catholic Charities of NE Kansas, Inc., 913-651-8060
City of Manhattan
Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Crisis Center
City of McPherson
Mt. Hope Sanctuary
City of Pittsburg
Choices Shelter (SEK-CAP)
City of Salina
Ashby House, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DV), 785-309-5760
Catholic Charities of Salina, 785-825-0208
Salina Emergency Aid/Foodbank, 785-827-7111
The Salvation Army, 785-823-2251
Stepping Stones Shelter
City of Wamego
Community Health Ministries, 785-456-9119 or 785-456-7872
City of Wellington
Safe Homes (DV)
City of Winfield
Safe Homes (DV), 620-221-5525
MIDKAP, Inc., 316-775-300
Telephone number is 316-775-3000
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