Manhattan Housing Authority is excited to launch our Bridge to Housing Stability (BHS) program in partnership with the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). The purpose of the BHS grant is to support programs within Kansas communities that work to prevent eviction and help ensure long-term housing stability. BHS applicants must be referred by the KERA program in order to receive additional homeless prevention and case management services.
This new program establishes three new full time Case Managers and a part-time Peer Mentor position with the Manhattan Housing Authority. Our BHS program aims to leverage over $2 million in federal and state funding to rapidly rehouse and stabilize KERA approved residents experiencing homelessness related to a COVID hardship in Riley and Geary counties. The initial phase of our program rollout is focused on the capacity building of new staff, training, technology updates, and general preparation to respond to a housing crisis. Additionally, BHS program staff will begin developing their resource networks and establishing positive relationships with property owners who are interested in being a bridge to housing stability partner.
Our program is a Housing First Model with Strength Based Case Management and will serve Riley and Geary County renters who have been approved at the state level for KERA assistance and are now facing eviction and homelessness.
In order to qualify you must:
- Be a Riley or Geary County resident
- and meet the eligibility criteria as a KERA referral*
- MHA will not provide direct KERA assistance until after an applicant is approved and referred by the state.
The goal of MHA’s Bridge to Housing Stability program is to prevent homelessness or housing instability caused by COVID-19 Hardship at the local level. Program Oversight is conducted by the Executive Director of the Manhattan Housing Authority.
Services offered include:
- Strength Based Case Management
- Housing Stability Planning
- Rental Assistance and /or Rental Arrears
- Utility Deposit Assistance
- Rental Security Deposits
- Emergency Hotel/Motel Vouchers
- Internet Service assistance
The Manhattan Area Bridge to Housing Stability program will result in stable housing for families, timely rent payments, a local liaison for KHRC to approved KERA applicants, and support through direct strength-based case management. This housing program is one way to provide a path to self-sufficiency to prevent and end homelessness in the region.
MHA (Bridge to Housing Stability Staff):
- Karen Martinez – BHS Case Manager (Manhattan)
- Natalie Waldo - BHS Case Manager (Junction City)
- Kelly Stebbins – BHS Case Manager (Riley County)
- Romeo Vega - BHS Peer Mentor / MHA Resident Services Coordinator
Please go to www.MHAKS.com for more information about the (BHS) Bridge to Housing Stability program and (KERA) Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program.