Wichita Housing Authority Landlord Incentive Program (WHALIP)

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The Wichita Housing Authority Landlord Incentive Program has been a success in helping landlords support City efforts to provide safe, affordable housing for individuals and families receiving housing assistance. Every voucher in the Housing Choice Voucher program is utilized. Since the program launched on January 1, 2023, 46 new landlords have been added to the program, a total of 559 households experiencing housing instability have been served, and $178,250 has been paid to landlords for lease signing and new landlord bonuses.

For Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contracts effective October 1, 2023 or later, we will no longer pay incentives for new or returning landlords or new tenant lease up bonuses. We will, however, continue to except damage claims for landlords who have executed Wichita Housing Authority Landlord Incentive Program (WHALIP) contracts on file. Damage claims can be submitted through September 30, 2024.

Program Overview

The Wichita Housing Authority Landlord Incentive Project (WHALIP) helps landlords support City efforts to provide safe, affordable housing for individuals and families receiving housing assistance. WHALIP provides landlords with additional support when leasing to assist tenants who are participating in WHA programs. WHALIP provides supplementary funds to mitigate potential economic losses that might arise from damages or unfulfilled leases related to serving individuals and families during the initial term of the lease.

As a landlord, if you agree to accept referred tenants from our list of selected providers, WHALIP will provide the following, within the guidelines of the program:

  • $1,000 New Landlord Bonus - A one-time bonus for a landlord that is new to the program, to be paid after the successful lease-up of the first new tenant.
  • $500 Returning Landlord Bonus - A one-time bonus for a landlord that has previously been on the program but stopped accepting new S8 tenants, for a period of at least 6 months, to be paid after the successful lease-up of the first new tenant.
  • $250 New Tenant Lease Up Bonus - A $250 bonus for each tenant that a Landlord leases up above their baseline count that will be taken on November 30, 2022.
  • Within the first 12 months of the tenancy, cover up to $2,000 in damages or deductibles for a 0BR or 1BR, and $3,500 for 2+BR applicable after applying security deposit.
  • Provide up to 2x Monthly rent to cover a lost rent due to eviction, abandonment, or other premature termination of the lease during the initial term, if the landlord commits to leasing to another HCV tenant.