The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is live! You can encourage your landlord to apply and you can apply yourself. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry, Gabi Sprague, our Housing Stabilization Collaborative Program Manager, can help you or your landlord through the process!
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-843-6626, press 7, and then 2 to leave a voicemail message and she will call you back.
You can find more information about the KERA program here: kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-assistance, but tenants may be eligible for backpay rent, current rent, and future months’ rent!
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Density Bonus FAQ’s:
1. What is this Affordable Housing Density Bonus I’ve been hearing so much about?
The Density Bonus is Lawrence’s first city policy specifically supporting affordable
housing. With land and home prices increasing, the proposed bonus would allow affordable
housing developers to build 2 small homes on a single lot with the stipulation that the homes
remain permanently affordable and that each unit meet all parking, setback, and zoning
2. Will the Density bonus cause water runoff or drainage issues?
Lawrence City Code restricts the % of impervious surface per lot. In many cases, two small homes
will allow more green space than 1 large home.
3. Why not just build more affordable housing on the edge of town instead of in my
Affordable Housing is about more than housing. It’s about access to food, services, multi-modal
transportation, and neighborhood culture. TTH is currently developing equitable ownership
opportunities in all Lawrence neighborhoods.
4. Will permanently affordable housing in my neighborhood decrease the value of my home?
Housing in Trust is high-quality, energy efficient housing designed by local architects and
built by local Lawrence contractors. New, infill housing is a benefit to all neighborhoods.
More directly, housing in trust is NOT compared to unrestricted housing when creating county
tax valuations. Housing in Trust has NO affect on the value of neighboring properties.
5. How will the City insure that the Density Bonus is only for PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE
The text amendment allows use of the Bonus only to organizations who permanently steward
homes with affordability restrictions. The City will require a certification process to
insure eligibility for purchasers and developers.
A huge shout out to the United Way of Douglas County for supporting Tenants to Homeowners and Affordable Housing. Click here for more information.