The Community Investments division oversees activities that are funded through the U.S. 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.
2024-2029 Consolidated Plan
Every five years the City of Wichita is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a new Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a tool that is used to assess current community needs and outline high-level goals and spending priorities with respect to affordable housing and community development for three federal entitlement grants: CDBG, HOME and ESG.
The City of Wichita is currently in the planning stages for our 2024-2029 Consolidated Plan and we have hired a consultant to assist with its development. WFN Consulting is working with the Housing and Community Services Department to develop this plan. Throughout this process we will be consulting with community providers and the public on what community issues should be addressed in the next five-year Consolidated Plan.
The 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 CDBG, HOME, and ESG RFP (PDF) opened on December 27, 2021, and closed on January 21, 2022. A total of 17 applications were received. H&CS Staff proposed and the City Council approved a two-year funding cycle to round out the 2019 to 2024 Consolidated Planning period.
The City Council appointed a Grants Review Committee (GRC) to review applications and make funding recommendations for the three entitlement grant programs. The GRC met three times in the month of February 2022 to review applications and develop allocation recommendations. The three meetings are open to the public.
- At GRC Meeting Number 1, H&CS Staff explains the GRC process and provides a high-level overview of the three entitlement grants and the applications submitted. This meeting took place on February 9, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm via Zoom.
- GRC Meeting Number 2 is the Public Hearing. At this meeting, applicants for HOME and CDBG funding are given an opportunity to make a presentation on their proposals, which is followed by a 5-minute Q&A with H&CS staff and GRC members. ESG proposals are reviewed by a representative from the United Way's Continuum of Care (CoC). CoC funding recommendations are provided as well. This meeting took place on February 17, 2022, from 3 to 6 pm via Zoom.
- At GRC Meeting Number 3, the committee works to develop funding recommendations for CDBG, HOME, and ESG proposals. This meeting took place on February 23, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm via Zoom.
Meetings were held virtually to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The public was given an opportunity to weigh on the proposed applications at GRC meeting #2, the Public Hearing.
After the meetings, staff took the recommendations from the GRC and included them in the Annual Action Plan (AAP) for Program Year (PY) 2022 to 2023. Staff sought input from the public on the AAP during the formal public comment period which ran from March 31, 2022, to May 2, 2022.
On May 3, 2022, staff brought the plan to the City Council for consideration, with contingencies outlined in the event funding allocations were higher or lower than estimated. Funding allocations were provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 13th. Staff updated the plan according to the contingencies approved by the Council and submitted the AAP to HUD for review and subsequent approval.
Since the 2022-2023 GRC & RFP process informed a two-year funding cycle, the award amount determined and subsequently allocated for 2022-2023 was recommended again for 2023-2024.
The public comment period for the 5th Year Annual Action Plan was open on March 31, 2023 and closed on May 1, 2023. A public hearing was held at the City Council Meeting on May 2, 2023. The 5th Year Annual Action Plan was submitted to HUD on May 12, 2023.
View the 5th Year Annual Action Plan
The ESG program has several components that assist homeless persons or persons who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Following is a summary of assistance provided in the current year.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on any of these programs, please contact Community Investments at 316-462-3724.
2023 to 2024 Annual Action Plan
The public comment period for the 5th Year Annual Action Plan has closed. You can view the 5th Year Annual Action Plan plan by clicking the link below.
View the 5th Year Annual Action Plan (PDF).
2021-2022 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
View the 2021-2022 CAPER Report
Substantial Amendment to the 2021 to 2022 Annual Action Plan - HOME ARP Allocation Plan
The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan has been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
View the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan (PDF).
The Housing and Community Services Department believes in the power of partnerships. We therefore value our relationships with each of the following agencies with whom we contract or otherwise work with to deliver services to the residents of Wichita.