State Data Overview
Across Kansas, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts92,717Or24%Renter households that are extremely low income-55,383Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$26,500Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)$38,912Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.71%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
State Level Partners
Become an NLIHC State Partner
NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.
Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]
Housing Trust FundHTF Implementation Information
NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.Current Year HTF Allocation
$4,646,916HTF State Resources
Draft Annual Action Plan (PDF)
2016Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:11 MB
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
Research and Data
National Housing Preservation Database
The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.
Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.
You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected].
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
Dozens of Lawrence residents are being evicted after the end of the federal eviction moratorium. A Lawrence Journal-World review of eviction cases filed in Douglas County District Court found that 44 evictions were filed in August and 36 have been filed in September (as of September 25). Processing delays with the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program and landlords refusing to accept ERA have left many tenants at risk for eviction. According to the executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which is distributing KERA funds, taking advantage of the flexibilities provided by the Treasury Department – including the use of self-attestation – is speeding up the processing of rental assistance.
Updated on October 5, 2021
The Wichita Eagle reports the new CDC eviction moratorium should cover renters in Sedgwick County and most of Kansas. Most counties in Kansas are experiencing “high” levels of COVID-19 transmission and would fall under the new CDC protection, according to the CDC’s map. The Wichita Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been slow to distribute aid – only distributing about $1 million two months after launching.
Updated on August 30, 2021
Across Kansas, landlords are refusing to accept federal emergency rental assistance (ERA), putting thousands of tenants at risk for eviction. Multiple ERA programs in Kansas and Missouri require landlords to apply to the program and receive assistance on behalf of the tenant. Rent Zero Kansas has been urging programs to provide direct-to-tenant assistance.
Updated on July 15, 2021
The Wichita Eagle reports that despite state and federal eviction moratoriums, community aid and tenant advocacy groups say formal and informal displacements have continued in Kansas throughout the pandemic. Vince Munoz, an organizer for Rent Zero Kansas, said the eviction process was never completely halted by state or federal protections, leaving tenants in a constant state of uncertainty during the public health crisis and economic fallout.
February 22, 2021
The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and the City of Wichita announced the state’s $200 million rental and utility assistance program. Wichita residents can apply for assistance through the Wichita Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Kansans living outside the Wichita city limits can apply through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program.
February 22, 2021
A 32-bed quarantine shelter for people experiencing homelessness will open December 28 near Greenville. The shelter is partly funded through $157,000 in federal coronavirus relief from Greenville County. A $1.7 million state grant will pay for support services, staff, food, and more.
January 15, 2021
KC Tenants organized a protest on October 15, calling on Jackson County Circuit Court Presiding Judge David Byrn to halt eviction hearings. About 100 tenants blockaded the county courthouse and shut down virtual eviction proceedings with online disruptions on October 15. KC Tenants and the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Jackson County Circuit Court’s procedure for eviction cases, arguing it violates the CDC eviction moratorium.
October 19, 2020
Rent Zero Kansas is calling on County Commissioners to address the growing eviction cliff. The tenants group sent a letter to county commissioners demanding they suspend rent and mortgage payments, strengthen eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, ban utility cut-offs, and protect people experiencing homelessness by providing housing and expanding services.
October 14, 2020
Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order on August 17 reinstating an eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September 15. Governor Kelly stated that she would renew the moratorium in two weeks if the federal government does not intervene.
A letter to the editor in the Great Bend Tribune urges Congress and President Trump to resume negotiations and enact a comprehensive relief bill that includes $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, enacts a national eviction moratorium, and increases the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%.
August 25, 2020.
A coalition of social service organizations in Lawrence are leading efforts to house people experiencing homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. These organizations, however, do not have the resources to shelter everyone who is experiencing homelessness.
No information at this time.
Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
The governor's eviction protections expired May 31. Eviction cases are being held remotely.
In the third week of July, one in four adults in Kansas reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over seventy thousand renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb