Low to moderate income households in Sedgwick County and Wichita Kansas can apply for a variety of housing services. This can include emergency rent assistance, section 8 housing vouchers, transitional housing, or shelters. While anyone can apply, there are also programs for seniors, disabled, and low income families with children.
Most of the rent assistance is very short term and temporary in nature. Many programs will require that applicants also go through self-sufficiency type programs, such as budgeting, job training, and credit counseling. The reason being that these Sedgwick County Kansas programs are not charity services, and have strict conditions and time limits in place.
If you are on the verge of eviction, had a job loss, or are faced with a financial hardship, then contact one or more of the non-profits or government programs below. Speak to a case manager to see what they can do, if anything, to help you in your time of need.
Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services – This non-profit provides homeownership services, such as first time home buying programs, for low and moderate income households across Sedgwick County. The office is located at 2145 N. Topeka, Wichita, Kansas 67214, dial (316) 942-4848
Harvest America is a local organization that relies on government funds. This non-profit organization provides housing services and emergency rental assistance for low and moderate income households and tenants, including programs such as TBRA. Not only can clients can referrals to grants or other forms of rent help, but counseling and more is provided. Some resources can even help with issues such as home repairs and weatherization. Telephone 913-342-2121.
Sedgwick County Housing Department is located at 604 N. Main, Suite E, Wichita, KS 67203. They run the federal government section 8 rental assistance for the working poor and low and moderate income households outside Wichita but still within Sedgwick County. Other services include housing rehab and repair programs for owner-occupied units outside Wichita and Park City. Seniors can also benefit from a component of the section 8 program. Telephone (316) 660-7270
StepStone – Provides transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence, including women and children as well as single moms. 504 East Third, Wichita, Kansas 67202, call (316) 265-1611
Second Chance Leasing works to prevent homelessness and evictions. Tenants can explore a combination of grant programs for security deposits, free advice and guidance, and information on affordable housing in the region. Other resources include referrals to loans, credit repair, or details on non-profits that can help with future rent payments. Address is 221 South Broadway in Wichita, and call 316-201-3148.
Sedgwick Legal Services has attorneys that offer free advice on housing challenges. They offer support on discrimination, advice in applying for section 8, and advise tenants on their rights when they have an eviction notice. A focus is on seniors and the working poor. Call 1800-723-6953.
United Methodist Open Door – Offers shelter and access to a transitional housing program. Address is 402 E Second, Wichita, KS 67202, phone (316) 267-4201
Sisters Of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. – This non-profit provides transitional housing and shelter to women in crisis, case management for clients in poor neighborhood, home visitation, and emergency assistance for paying rent in one of the poorest areas of town. Also access other government and public assistance. Wichita, KS 67218 based.
DCF Kansas and Wichita Region is the main government affiliated agency. Cash assistance, a portion of which could be used for rent or a security deposit, is provided as part of TANF. They also offer job counseling, information on low income apartments, and other support. Call 1-800-766-3777.
Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness provides emergency eviction help and programs to rehouse families. Rent and security deposit help along with shelter or motel vouchers are available from charities as well as non-profits. When needed, free legal aid is arranged too. Learn more.
Salvation Army of Sedgwick County operates programs such as SSVF. This will focus on veterans, however there may also be transitional housing or information on no interest loans for expenses such as rent or heating bills, if the client is faced with an eviction. Call 316-263-2769 for details.
Center of Hope Homeless Prevention Assistance Program – Works to prevent evictions. The organization can assists needy families by paying their rent, thus enabling them to remain in their own homes or apartments. Government grants or other forms of financial aid may be provided. Stop by the address below for information. 400 N. Emporia, Wichita, Kansas 67202-2514
Brotherhood Community Ministries provides financial assistance for housing expenses, such as rent and utilities. Funds can help those in need. Up to $50 in cash assistance can be provided, with the intent of preventing homelessness in Sedgwick County. 2328 E. 13th, Wichita, KS 67214
Breakthrough - Clubhouse and Case Management is offered for those with a mental illness or handicap. The charity is focused on helping individuals and qualified families who have a mental illness lead more independent lives. One of the keys to being independent is to have housing, so the organization can offer temporary rent assistance for those with mental illness and who qualify based on income. 1010 N. Main, Wichita, Kansas 67203.
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