MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Manhattan Housing Authority is launching a new ‘Bridge to Housing Stability’ program to help tenants facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is done through a partnership with the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC).

Executive Director Aaron Estabrook said this new program provides an additional safety net for people who have been approved for KERA but have not yet received assistance.

“Now if someone has applied and there is an escalation of needs when there is a sheriff at the door or they are homeless,” Estabrook said. “If they live in Riley County or Geary County, the KERA office will refer them to one of our case managers. “

This new program creates three new full-time case managers and a part-time mentor position with the Manhattan Housing Authority. The BHS program aims to mobilize more than $ 2 million in federal and state funding to quickly relocate and stabilize residents approved by KERA.

“We will step in to help and provide rental assistance, emergency hotel vouchers, security deposits,” Estabrook said. “Basically everything someone would need to get back to a stable housing situation in the first 90 days.”

To qualify, renters must live in Riley or Geary County and be approved by KERA. Click on here to apply. Under the KERA program, tenants must:

  • Be late on rent or utilities from April 1, 2020.
  • Have a ordeal that directly or indirectly caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Fall below 80% of the county’s median income. Click on here for a list of median incomes by county.


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