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Community Investments

The Community Investments division oversees activities that are funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Wichita is an Entitlement City and as such, receives funding directly from HUD according to a formula, and in amounts determined by Congressional appropriations.

Following are the fund categories which are a part of the City's Entitlement allocations:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) 

Programs funded with these resources are provided to persons who meet income guidelines. Download the 2016 Federal Income Limits which shows the most current income chart.

2014-2018 Consolidated Plan

HUD has approved the City's 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan. This plan will serve as a planning tool for making community development funding decisions over through the 2018 funding year. For each year of the plan, a program year plan is developed to allocate funding amounts for planned activities.

The Consolidated Plan includes the Citizen Participation Plan which has been approved by HUD.

The 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan is available for review at the Housing & Community Services Department at 332 N Riverview and at the Central Library, 223 S Main.

2014-2018 Consolidated Plan Citizen Participation Plan 

Program Year Plan

The 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan includes the First Program Year Action Plan. The Action Plan contains activities made possible by funding from HUD grants. The grants fund the CDBG, ESG, and HOME. The Consolidated Plan/Action Plan was approved by the City Council and submitted to HUD on May 13, 2014. The plan was approved by HUD on July 25, 2014.

Second Program Year Action Plan (2015-2016) Third Program Year Action Plan (2016-2017) 2014-2015 Annual Performance Report (CAPER)

First Substantial Amendment to the Fourth Program Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan

Public Review and Comment Requested

The City of Wichita has developed a Substantial Amendment to the 2017-2018 Fourth Program Year Annual Action Plan.  The purpose of the Substantial Amendment is to program an additional $661,298 of recaptured and/or unallocated funds for renovation of the historic Dunbar Theater, located at 1007 N. Cleveland. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed Plan.

Written comments may be submitted through Thursday, November 9, 2017 to:

Housing and Community Services Department
332 N. Riverview
Wichita, KS 67203

And by email to:

There will be a public hearing on this matter during the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall located at 455 N. Main St., Wichita KS.  Oral comments can be made at that meeting.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids and services for effective communication with City of Wichita personnel should contact the Office of the City Manager, (316) 268-2468 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

Download First Substantial Amendment to the 4th Program Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan

Emergency Solutions Grant

The ESG program has several components which assist homeless persons or persons who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Following is a summary of assistance provided in the current year.

Emergency Shelter

Funding is provided to the following agencies to support their emergency shelter operations: Catholic Charities Harbor House, Catholic Charities St. Anthony Family Shelter, Inter-Faith Ministries Inter-Faith Inn and Warming Souls Winter Shelter, The Salvation Army Homeless Services, United Methodist Open Door Homeless Resource Center, and Wichita Family Crisis Center.

Homeless Prevention

Funding is also available to help persons who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. This component of the program is administered on behalf of the City by the Center of Hope and The Salvation Army Emergency Services. Persons who are in rental situations and facing eviction, should contact those agencies. Note: This program does not assist persons facing foreclosure due to mortgage delinquencies.

Rapid Re-Housing

Homeless persons who are ready to move into stable housing may be assisted through the Rapid Re-Housing component of the ESG. Assistance is made available through referrals from one of the City's partner agencies: Catholic Charities, Inter-faith Ministries, Sedgwick County Human Services, The Salvation Army, United Methodist Open Door, Veterans Administration, Wichita Children's Home, Wichita Independent School District 259, and YWCA of Wichita.

More Information

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Community Investments.

P: (316) 462-3725