State officials are seeking public feedback to inform a new housing initiative that will support Kansas homeowners in need. The Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund (KHAF), established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through the Kansas Office of Recovery and administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), will aim to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In less than a year, we’ve provided almost $50 million in emergency rental assistance to Kansas renters, landlords, and service providers,” said Ryan Vincent, KHRC’s Executive Director. “We’re proud to have helped more than 15,000 Kansas households avoid eviction and remain stably housed during the pandemic, but we know our state’s housing needs don’t stop with tenants. Kansas homeowners: Help is on the way.”
Program administrators and state officials welcome public input as they design a program to meet the needs of Kansas homeowners. Community members are invited to share their input three ways:
- Join the public webinar Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.to learn about the proposed plan.
- Share your experience and expertiseby participating in our surveys targeting specific stakeholder groups:
The draft program plan will be published online for public review on Monday, Aug. 30. Community members are invited to learn about the proposed plan during the public webinar at 10 a.m. onTuesday, Aug. 31. The public comment period will close Wednesday, Sept. 8. Program administrators will review the comments received, make any recommended adjustments, and finalize the plan by Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC)
is a self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation committed to helping Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the state’s housing finance agency (HFA), administering essential housing and community programs to serve Kansans.