Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) has awarded approximately $1.3 million in Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to help struggling families obtain safe, quality housing of their choice. Funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, TBRA helps income-eligible households afford rental subsidies, utility deposits and security deposits. Twelve agencies from across the state will receive the TBRA grants announced today.
"For many people in Kansas, rental assistance makes the difference between having a safe place to call home and being homeless, said Carolyn Rebek, TBRA Program Manager. "This funding will keep families off the street, lessen the strain on shelters and help stabilize communities."
Providing up to two years of rental subsidy assistance, the funds help single parents, victims of domestic violence, senior citizens and persons with disabilities obtain affordable rental housing in their community. Households generally pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent. Security and utility deposit assistance is one-time-only and may be in the form of a loan or a grant. The assistance is portable, which means the tenant is not restricted to living in a particular apartment complex.
Awarded annually, TBRA grants are based on a community's housing needs, the number of households estimated to be served and the organization's experience in administering TBRA funding. Public housing authorities and non-profit organizations may apply for grants of up to $300,000.
Among the area recipients:
City of Lawrence, Douglas County (Bert Nash) $100,000
Manhattan Housing Authority (Pott County) $100,000
Riley County Public Housing Authority $70,000
(includes Chase, Clay, Cloud, Dikinson, Ellsworth,
Geary, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, Mitchell, Morris,
Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline and