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Housing Choice Voucher Program
 

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program provides rental assistance to the counties of Atchison (not in Atchison city limits), Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Nemaha, and Marshall counties.  Eligibility for the Housing Choice Voucher program is based on a family's household income. The voucher covers a portion of the rent and the family is expected to pay the balance. The family share is an affordable percentage of their income and is generally calculated to be between 30 to 40 percent of their monthly-adjusted gross income for rent and utilities.

The HCV recipient searches for housing in the private market. Eligible housing units for the program include single family dwellings, town houses and apartments including the family's current residence if the recipient is new to the program. When the recipient finds a unit from a landlord willing to accept the HCV, the Housing Authority inspects the rental unit to ensure it meets housing quality standards (HQS) for the program. If the unit passes the Authority's minimum standards for health and safety and the requested rent is deemed appropriate for comparable rents for that size unit, the family and the landlord execute a lease agreement. At the same time, the landlord and the Housing Authority sign a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract for rental subsidy to be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

Landlords must comply with the lease agreement signed with the family and the HAP contract signed with the Housing Authority. Should the landlord fail to meet his or her obligations, the Authority may suspend or terminate payments. The family is required to comply with the lease, program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the landlord and the Housing Authority of any changes in their family composition or income. A family can move and continue its participation in the program as long as they notify the Housing Authority in advance and terminate the existing lease within the lease provisions. The family is then free to seek another housing unit in the NEK-CAP, Inc. HCV service area or the family may request the portability option to possibly move outside of the Housing Authority's jurisdiction.

Contact your local NEK-CAP, Inc. Outreach Office to complete a Section 8 Application. Visit our Contact Us page for locations.

Click here to view the Tenant Guide brochure

Click here to view the Prospective Landlords brochure

For more information contact::
Kristy Morey, Housing Manager

kmorey@nekcap.org
785-742-2222, ext. 156


The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
 

Matching Housing Assistance Families with Existing Community Services to Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency

The FSS program is a savings-incentive employment program for families or individuals who are currently on the Housing Choice Voucher Program and would like to become financially independent within the next five years.  The HCV/FSS program is a voluntary program for families who express an interest in becoming self-sufficient. The FSS Program focuses on reducing dependence upon cash assistance programs and focuses participants to build on education, employment, and financial stability, designed to move participants from poverty to self-sufficiency.   

The FSS program assists individuals in reducing barriers in obtaining general needs. Examples include but are not limited to:  job training and education, job interview skills, completing a successful resume, personal finance (budgeting) skills, obtaining & maintaining reliable transportation.

As participants obtain resources needed, income increases, self-worth is gained and the cycle for improvement starts to replace the cycle of poverty.

The service area for the program includes seven counties:  Atchison (outside the city limits of Atchison), Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Nemaha and Marshall. 

*Self-Sufficiency is not something you wait for, it’s something you PLAN

Click Here to view the FSS brochure

For more information or to see if you qualify for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Contact:

Mary Schreifels, FSS Program Coordinator
mschreifels@nekcap.org
785-742-2222 ext. 112


Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
 

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is a program designed to help income-eligible households with their security deposit, and/or utility deposits and/or rent for 12 months. Assistance in the form of a rental payment helps reduce a household’s rent to only 30 percent of their income.  The amount above 30 percent is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the household.

Contact your local NEK-CAP, Inc. Outreach Office to complete a Section 8 Application. Visit our Contact Us page for locations.

For more information contact::
Kristy Morey, Housing Manager

kmorey@nekcap.org
785-742-2222, ext. 156


Housing with Opportunities CoC (Continuum of Care) – A Housing First Program
 

CoC assistance aims to help individuals or families who are struggling with homelessness move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing through a combination of rental assistance and supportive services. The program provides services in Atchison, Brown and Marshall Counties. NEK-CAP, Inc uses a Housing First approach with Rapid Rehousing as its goal.  

Determining Eligibility:

An assessment must be completed to determine the individual or family’s living situation and the assistance needed to regain stability in permanent housing. The living situations for applicants eligible for assistance must meet the following Homeless Definitions:

Category 1: Literally Homeless
Category 4: Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions

Additional evaluation must be completed to determine the applicant’s need, and documentation must be gathered to meet HUD requirements. 

  • Family Development and monthly home visits are required to re-evaluate the progress made towards self-sufficiency.
  • Each participant’s status is reviewed quarterly to ensure that families are receiving services and support needed to help them be successful. 
  • Families are expected to establish and maintain reliable income, enroll children into available school programs, and engage in other applicable activities that will help improve their lives such as medical health care, mental health care, drug or alcohol counseling/support, domestic violence support, etc.  
  • The program can pay security deposits and provide rental assistance for up to 24 months. After 6 months in the program, families are required to start paying a portion of their rent to promote a smooth transition back into back into full responsibility of rent.
  • A Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection of the rental house must be completed and the unit must pass the inspection prior to move-in and rent payment. Goals must be set with the priority of achieving housing stability.

Contact your local NEK-CAP, Inc. Outreach Office to complete a CoC Application and be placed onto the waiting list.  After your application is recieved, you will be contacted by the Housing CoC Coordinator for further screenings and information regarding the wait list. Visit our Contact Us page for locations.

For more information regarding the CoC programs contact:

Belinda Estes, Housing Continuum of Care Coordinator
bestes@nekcap.org
785-742-2222, ext. 166


CoC and ESG Donation Needs                              CoC and ESG Program Quick Fact Sheet

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
 

NEK-CAP, Inc. provides ESG services for eight counties: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha, and Pottawatomie, with preference given to the counties that do not have CoC.  The program provides rental assistance and supportive services. ESG has 2 separate components to provide assistance for families facing homelessness based on their situation:

  1. Homeless Prevention gives priority to individuals and families who are currently in housing but are at risk of becoming homeless and temporary rent or utility assistance would prevent them from becoming homeless. This program has an income requirement of less than 30% of the median area income as defined by the Federal Poverty Level. Income eligibility documentation is gathered at the time of application and re-evaluated at least quarterly.
     
  2. Rapid Re-Housing gives priority to individuals and families who are already homeless and need assistance to move as possible into permanent housing.

As with CoC an evaluation of the applicant’s situation must be completed, and documentation must be gathered to meet HUD requirements of the Homeless Definition:

Category 1: Literally Homeless (Rapid Re-Housing component only)
Category 2: Imminently losing their primary night-time residence (Homeless Prevention component only)
Category 4: Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions (both components)

Additional evaluation must be completed to determine the applicants need, and documentation must be gathered to meet HUD requirements.

  • Family Development and monthly home visits are required to re-evaluate the progress made towards self-sufficiency.
  • Each participant’s status is reviewed quarterly to ensure that families are receiving services and support needed to help them be successful, and re-determine eligibility.
  • Families are expected to establish and maintain reliable income, enroll children into available school programs, and engage in other applicable activities that will help improve their lives such as medical health care, mental health care, drug or alcohol counseling/support, domestic violence support, etc.
  • This program is time-limited, but can pay security deposits, utility deposits, other eligible expenses, and provide rental assistance for up to 3 or 6 months depending on eligibility. 
  • A Housing Habitability Standards Inspection, and a Lead Screening Worksheet are each required to be completed and passed prior to move-in and rent payment.

Contact your local NEK-CAP, Inc. Outreach Office to complete an ESG Application and be placed onto the waiting list.  After your application is recieved, you will be contacted by the Housing CoC Coordinator for further screenings and information regarding the wait list. Visit our Contact Us page for locations.

For more information regarding the ESG programs contact:

Belinda Estes, Housing Continuum of Care Coordinator
bestes@nekcap.org
785-742-2222, ext. 166