Depending on where you live and what your income is, you might be able to find a grant to help make improvements to your Kansas home. Several programs funded by block grants from the federal government provide grants of varying amounts for specific recipients and purposes. Some of the programs are a combination of grants and loans.
The HOME Program is funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For this largest of the HUD housing block grant programs, HUD forms a partnership with state, county and city governments. The HOME program works with both owner-occupied and rental homes, with different programs tailored for each scenario. Each localized HOME program has flexibility in how the local program is designed, so the HOME program in Wichita can be different from the HOME program in Kansas City. The Kansas Housing Resources Corp. has a HOME program coordinator who can provide information on local and regional HOME programs in the state.
Housing Resources Corp. 611 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 300 Topeka, KS 66603 785-296-3649
Community Services Block Grant Program
HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is given to states, and states channel the money to local agencies. In Kansas, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program funnels money to community action agencies to address an array of community needs, one of which is adequate housing. For more information on the program, contact the Kansas Housing Resources Corp.’s CSBG manager.
Community Services Block Grant 611 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 300 Topeka, KS 66603 785-296-0089
Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants program provides loans up to $20,000 and grants up to $7,500 for repair and rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes if the owner’s income qualifies as “very low income,” according to HUD guidelines for the specific area the home is in. To qualify for the grant, the homeowner must be 62 or older. For more information about this program, contact your regional USDA Rural Development office. The regional offices are in Garden City, Hays, Manhattan, Newton and Iola.
USDA Rural Development State Office 1303 SW First American Place - Suite 100 Topeka, KS 66604 785-271-2700
Housing Preservation Grants
Housing Preservation Grants are also available through USDA. These grants are income-based with no age guidelines. HPG grants fund repair and rehabilitation of housing for low-income residents. Funds can be used for rental property as well as owner-occupied homes. To apply, contact the regional office serving your area. Regional offices are in Garden City, Hays, Manhattan, Newton and Iola.
USDA Rural Development State Office 1303 SW First American Place, Suite 100 Topeka, KS 66604 785-271-2700
Phyllis Zorn of Enid, Oklahoma, has been a journalist since 1993, working primarily in Kansas. She is currently at the "Enid News and Eagle." Zorn has also written for "Hays Daily News," "Goodland Daily News," "Atchison Daily Globe," "Salina Journal" and KSAL Radio in Salina, Kansas. Zorn holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Kansas Wesleyan University.