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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.

Current Funding Cycles

The 2022-2023 & 2023-2024 CDBG, HOME and ESG RFP opened on December 27, 2021 and closed on January 21, 2022. A total of 17 applications were received. H&CS Staff proposed and City Council approved a two year funding cycle to round out the 2019-2024 Consolidated Planning period.

TheCity 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 #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 2/9/2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm via Zoom. The meeting agenda and minutes are below.

GRC Meeting #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 2/17/2022 from 3:00-6:00 pm via Zoom. The meeting agenda and minutes are below.

At GRC Meeting #3, the committee works to develop funding recommendations for CDBG, HOME, and ESG proposals. This meeting took place on 2/23/2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm via Zoom. The meeting agenda and minutes are below.

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.

Current 4th Year Annual Action Plan​

After the meetings, staff took the recommendations from the GRC and included them in the Annual Action Plan (AAP) for Program Year (PY) 2022-23. Staff sought input from the public on the AAP during the formal public comment period which ran from March 31, 2022-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 US Department of Housing & Urban Development on May 13th. Staff updated the plan according to the contingencies approved by Council and submitted the AAP to HUD for review and subsequent approval.

Future 5th Year Annual Action Plan​​

​The public comment period or the 5th Year Annual Action Plan will open on March 31, 2023 and close on May 1, 2023. A public hearing will be held at the City Council Meeting on May 2, 2023. The 5th Year Annual Action Plan is due to HUD no later than May 15, 2023. ​

2023-2024 Annual Action Plan

The public comment period for the 5th Year Annual Action Plan will open on March 31, 2023. You can review the plan by clicking the link below.

5th Year Annual Action Plan​​​

Substantial Amendment to the 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan—HOME ARP Allocation Plan

The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan has been reviewed and approved by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Check out the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan​.

​Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Learn more about Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

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) 462-3724

Partner Programs

The Housing & 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.