Resources for Housing Assistance

Trailer HomeHousing, a place to eat, sleep, and be protected from the elements, is a basic requirement for human dignity. Yet, we find individuals who are experiencing literal and hidden homelessness in our communities. Those who are literally homeless have no place to stay. The hidden homeless include those whose housing costs consume too much of their income, those who must live in others' housing, and those who live in inadequate and unsafe housing. Resources for homelessness, low-income housing, one-time rental assistance, and weatherization programs are listed below for those who are experiencing literal and/or hidden homelessness in southwest Kansas.

Resources for Homelessness

Garden City, Finney County KS

The Emmaus House, 802 N. 5th St, Garden City, Contact Robin Marsh at 620-275-2008

Great Bend, Barton County KS

The Family Crisis Center for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Call 620-792-1885

The Daniel R Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center is a privately funded transitional living facility for single women with or without children (males must be under the age of 16), who are experiencing homelessness. Applications for admission may be requested via telephone (620-603-6283), mail, or walk-in (2100 Broadway Ave, West Entrance). Once an application is completed, the applicant is interviewed by a committee who meets with them to insure the individual is ready to make changes in their lives and are willing to allow facility staff and volunteers to provide information, resources and guidance in making the needed changes in their lives.

Prodigal Ministries of Kansas, 820 Hickory St, offers transitional living and emergency shelter to men from all backgrounds. As long as space and resources are available, services include a safe place, clean bed, address, warm meal, telephone, hygiene supplies, clothing, shoes, work clothes, shower and laundry services, resource referrals, help in obtaining birth certificate, Kansas ID, Kansas Driver's license, etc. Call Mark Williams or Laura at 620-791-4533.

Liberal, Seward County KS

The Stepping Stone Shelter (1015 Washington, Liberal KS 67901) provides shelter, food and other necessities for those in need. They also assist residents with employment, housing, and help with rebuilding lives. Contact Pat Allsbury at 620-626-6024

Ulysses, Grant County KS

Domestic Violence Emergency Services (DOVES) (117 N Main, Ulysses KS 67880) provides a crisis hotline, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, shelter, safety planning, etc. Contact Pennie Noyes at 620-356-1049

Resources for Low Income Housing

The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rental Assistance Program for Kansans is a voucher program that helps families and individuals with paying rent. A family requesting help from this program is generally required to contribute 30 percent of their income for utilities and rent; the voucher will then pay the rest of those costs. Participants may find their own apartment or house and are not limited to only selecting subsidized housing projects. The rental unit must meet minimum housing standards of both safety and health as determined by local public housing authorities that administer the program. Click here for a list of low cost rental housing, by county, by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

The Housing and Urban Development–VASH Voucher Program for Veterans combines HUD HCV rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and in the community.

The USDA Rural Development Housing and Community Assistance Program for Rural Residents strives to help rural communities and individuals by providing loans and grants for housing and community facilities. Funding is provided for single family homes, apartments for low-income persons or the elderly, housing for farm laborers, childcare centers, fire and police stations, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, schools, and much more.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) provided over $1 million in Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to charities and agencies across the state in order to help struggling families pay for their rent, prevent evictions, and help them find affordable housing. The program provides residents with up to two years of rental subsidy assistance. The funds help low income families, single parents, the elderly, victims of domestic violence, and persons with disabilities obtain affordable rental housing in their community and will also assist them with staying in their housing. Households who qualify for aid will generally pay less than 30 percent of their income for rent. The security and utility deposit assistance provided is one-time-only and it may be offered in the form of a loan or a grant to the applicant. Click here to learn more. Applications for assistance are available at the following organizations:

  • Area Mental Health Center - Rental Assistance. Finney and Ford County. (620) 227-5040
  • Southwest Guidance Center - Rental Assistance, Security Deposits. Meade, Haskell, Seward, Stevens. (620) 624-0280 Ext. #23

Resources for One-Time Rent Assistance

Saint Francis Community Services Flex Funds are available for families in Barton, Pawnee and Rush County as a way to ensure that children are not removed from the home because of economic hardship. The Flex Fund program provides emergency financial assistance to families who are experiencing situational financial hardship due to a medical emergency, loss of employment, or other life-changing events. To be eligible, no family members (child/youth) can be in state custody as a child in need of care (CINC), Juvenile Offender (JO) or served through the family preservation, foster care and/or adoption contracts. To apply, call 1-800-898-4903 and be prepared to submit copies of photo ID, pay stub/income information, the rent bill that needs to be paid, and an explanation of how the remaining balance will be paid if not paid in full.

The Salvation Army provides emergency financial assistance for the following locations:

Great Bend, KS (2545 10th Street) Contact Dana at 620-792-4299

Dodge City KS (1100 Avenue E) Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 620-225-4871

Resources for Mortgage Assistance

The Emergency Housing Loan Program (EHLP), provided by Harvest America, is designed to provide mortgage payment relief to eligible homeowners experiencing a drop in income of at least 15% directly resulting from involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to adverse economic conditions and/or a medical emergency. Eligibility requirements include (1) an income limit equal to, or less than the greater of $75,000 or 120 percent of the Area Median Income for a household of four; (2) at least three months delinquency on mortgage payments; (3) likelihood of foreclosure; (4) reasonable likelihood of being able to resume payment of the first mortgage obligations within 2 years; and (5) applicant must reside in the mortgaged property as their principal residence. Expect the pre-applications and processing to take a little bit of time. For more information, contact Harvest America at 913-342-2121.

Resources for Repair and Weatherization

The Weatherization Assistance Program, funded by the US Department of Energy and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, s available for low-income home owners and renters in almost all of the counties of southwest Kansas. For individuals who live with inadequate housing conditions, the weatherization program can increase the comfort of your home, and improve heating efficiency and fuel savings by ensuring that your home holds heat and air conditioning in, while keeping the hot and cold air out. Eligible households receive a free comprehensive home assessment which includes repair or replacement of heating systems, insulation and caulking. Click here to download an application. Return the application and required documentation to Interfaith Housing Services Inc, PO Box 1987, Hutchinson KS 67504-1987. For information or assistance with the application call toll free 1-877-IHS-KWAP. For individuals living in Barber, Pratt, or Stafford County, contact the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation at 1-800-752-4422 for the service provider in your area.

The Homeowner Repair and Rehabilitation Program (HRR) is for individuals on Social Security and other fixed incomes who cannot afford the upkeep on a home that they own and occupy. With the help of donations and volunteers, Interfaith Housing Services makes repairs on homes in the counties they serve. Priority is given to households where the repairs would (1) prevent homelessness due to the condition of the house; (2) eliminate health and life safety hazards in homes with children and elders; (3) make homes accessible and usable for persons with special needs such as physical disabilities. Click here to download an application. To apply, individuals must meet certain income guidelines and include proof of income, ownership, current taxes. For more information, call 620-662-8370.

The Kansas Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, provides matching funds and education to help low to moderate income households save money to (1) purchase your First Home; (2) making repairs to your home; (3) continuing your education or training; or (4) starting or expanding a small business. For every dollar you deposit in a savings account, Interfaith Housing Services (IHS) will match it 2:1. Additionally, IHS provides eight-hours of financial education, one-on-one budget counseling, resources, support and encouragement throughout the entire savings process and beyond in order to help ensure your success. For more information, contact IHS at 1-877-447-5927.

Resources for Homeownership

The Kansas Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, provides matching funds and education to help low to moderate income households save money to (1) purchase your First Home; (2) making repairs to your home; (3) continuing your education or training; or (4) starting or expanding a small business. For every dollar you deposit in a savings account, Interfaith Housing Services (IHS) will match it 2:1. Additionally, IHS provides eight-hours of financial education, one-on-one budget counseling, resources, support and encouragement throughout the entire savings process and beyond in order to help ensure your success. For more information, contact IHS at 1-877-447-5927.

Habitat for Humanity works to to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because houses are sold through a no-profit mortgage; individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support; homeowners and volunteers build or repair under trained supervision. Click here to find and contact your local Habitat for Humanity Organization in Kansas.

Housing Assistance When Disaster Strikes

The American Red Cross provides immediate housing assistance in the event of a disaster, including a house fire. Click here for the American Red Cross web site where you can enter you zip code for the closest Red Cross office.

Catholic Social Service works with Catholic Charities USA and other local agencies to provide comprehensive and long-term assistance for those who lose their home in a natural disaster. Click here for more information.

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