Housing Stability

The Housing Stability program is not accepting new applications at this time.

About the Housing Stability Program

The Housing Stability Program is designed to assist households that are experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to an eviction or pending eviction.

Eligibility Guidelines

Only tenant households who meet each of the four following criteria are eligible for Housing Stability:

  1. Households who are renting or renting to own.
  2. Households who are experiencing a risk of homelessness or housing instability.
  3. Households experiencing a negative financial impact during the pandemic.
  4. Households at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) for Wichita, with a preference for households at or below 50% AMI or households who were employed in 2020 but have been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application.

Area Median Income for Wichita, KS Based on Household Size

2023 Limit for Persons in Family
(Personas en Familia)
Income Limit Category - 50% AMI
(Categoria Limite de Ingresos - 50% AMI)
Income Limit Category - 80% AMI
(Categoria Limite de Ingresos - 80% AMI)

In order to be eligible for housing stabilization services, one or more individuals within the household must be able to demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include:

  • A rent notice, eviction notice, non-renewal of lease notice, referral from another agency that addresses homelessness, eviction in the last 60 days
  • Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, which may include overcrowding (may include vermin, mold, water leaks, inadequate heating/cooling systems):
    • Will need to have an open case with MABCD and the landlord has had a chance to respond
    • Claims of overcrowding will need to be supported with documentation from the landlord.
  • Any other evidence of such risk:
    • A housing cost burden that makes it difficult for renters to afford their housing costs.
    • Informal rental arrangements with little or no legal protection.
    • Evidence the household is forgoing or delaying the purchase of essential goods or services in order to pay rent or utilities, such as food, prescription drugs, childcare, transportation, or equipment needed for remote work or school.
    • Evidence the household is relying on credit cards, payday lenders, or other high-cost debt products, or depleting savings, to pay for rent or utilities, rather than wages or other income.

Period & Type of Assistance Allowed

Financial Assistance can be provided for a period not to exceed three months. Eligible applicants may receive one assistance with rental deposit and whole or partial rental payments for up to three months. If a household has been provided a total of eighteen months of assistance from WERAP previously, they would not be eligible for housing stability assistance. Approved individuals will receive a one-time series of payments for up to 3 months. The Three payments will cover the deposit and the first month's rent. Followed by 50% of rent being paid for the second and third months. Before payments are issued for the second and third months the client will need to provide documentation that their portion of the rent has been paid.

In addition to the financial assistance, eligible applicants may receive additional support services for three months. This may be via a referral to another City of Wichita department, or division of housing, or a referral to a community agency that aids in identified areas of need. The goal here is to address other factors that may have contributed to the client becoming housing instable. Examples of issues that may require additional support services are:

  • Job search or training services
  • Budgeting or credit counseling guidance
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with recovering a lost or stolen ID
  • Mental/Physical health