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330 WEST COURT STREET, CLAY CENTER, KS 67432
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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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VERY NICE MAINTENANCE FREE 1-BEDROOM APARTMENTS COMING SOON AT PARKVIEW PLAZA. RENT AT PARKVIEW PLAZA IS ONLY $486 OR LESS BASED ON 30% OF GROSS HOUSEHOLD INCOME. NO SMOKING. NO ONE HAS NICER APARTMENTS AT A BETTER PRICE. NO ONE!
VERY NICE MAINTENANCE FREE 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT AVAILABLE NOW AT TOLIN TERRACE APARTMENTS. RENT IS $450 TO $572 DEPENDING ON GROSS HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
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Our mission statement is, “IT SHALL BE THE MISSION OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF CLAY CENTER TO ADVOCATE FOR AND DEVELOP, MANAGE AND MAINTAIN PROPERTIES AND PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE SAFE, SANITARY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO QUALIFIED, VERY LOW, LOW, AND MODERATE INCOME RESIDENTS IN CLAY CENTER, KANSAS.”
Important Message from John Kaul, Executive Director of Clay Center Housing
October 1, 2014
October is Housing America month. During the month of October we want to draw America’s attention to how Public Housing contributes to our communities. First, the bad news! The HUD funding bills for 2015 provide $769 million less for HUD programs than FY 2014. Underfunding HUD programs undermines the goals of helping low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and many others to live in safe, stable, affordable housing and revitalize their communities. The proposed 2015 funding levels will add stress to all of the Public Housing Programs including reducing repair and rehabilitation of public housing and reduce the number of choice vouchers available. All of this while the number of Public Housing units and vouchers steadily decrease each year. In fact, my financial projections in 2013 showed this Housing Authority running out of reserve funds in approximately 10 years with no guaranteed source of funds to keep the two towers operating.
Now for the good news! Faced with the fact that 101 of our units have been under the HUD Public Housing Program and, due to the underfunding of this program by Congress we were forced to use our Public Housing Capital Improvement Funds to meet our operating budgets in 2013 and 2014 with no end to this in sight, we seized the opportunity to convert Apollo Towers and Parkview Plaza to Project Based Section 8 Vouchers through the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). Only one other Housing Authority to date applied for this conversion in our 4-state region. We are working hard to stay on the cutting edge and 2015 will see us adding money to our reserves instead of taking it to keep our operations afloat. All this while our peers across the state experience another discouraging cut that threatens their very existence in the future.
What do we gain from leaving Public Housing?
1. 1. Provide more stable funding to public housing units. In 2015 our subsidy will be at the 2012 funding level along with a COLA increase resulting in $62,757 more subsidy revenue than current projects for Public Housing. Historically, the Project Based Voucher Program has never seen a year where Congress prorated their funding while Public Housing has prorated our annual funding as low as 78% of our formulated needs over the past 10 years resulting in operating deficits over the past 2 years.
2. 2. Built in annual cost of living increase in subsidy subject to appropriations.
3. 3. HUD is committed to giving RAD Housing Authorities priority in funding level annually before applying appropriations proration.
4. 44. We will have one grant instead of the two we currently have.
5. 5. We will experience deregulation. Our housing applications will be processed for eligibility, the waiting lists maintained, and the tenant certifications completed by Atchison Housing Authority. This will give us more time to focus on marketing, planning, collections, and tenant problem resolutions.
6. 6. We will have the HOME program and WEATHERIZATION program available for leveraging future modernization along with literally any funding source out there available. These programs are not available to HUD Public Housing Programs and the procedures for obtaining these funds are encumbering.
7. 7. Residents will have mobility. After 1-year of residency, a resident who wants to relocate will automatically go to the top of the waiting list for a Section 8 Choice voucher through the administering agency.
8. 8. The contract is for 15 years with mandatory renewal at the end of the term. This is a perpetual commitment from HUD.
We currently serve 121 very low, low, and moderate income households consisting of 143 residents. Today the average household income at our properties is $15,102. 81% of our tenant households are under 50% of area medium income and 27% are under 30% of area medium income. 5% of these households are families with children. 36% of our households are disabled including developmentally delayed, mentally ill, and mobility. 90% of our households are seniors. Another interesting statistic is that 17% of our residents are employed. As you can see from these demographics, Clay Center Housing Authority is vitally important to our community and its economy. Not only do we provide affordable, safe, sanitary housing, our residents contribute to the local economy. And our apartments, common areas and grounds are nicer than many market rate properties in our community.
Please tell your Senators Roberts and Moran and Representative Huelskamp that affordable housing is important to our rural communities, especially to low income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.
John D. Kaul, Executive Director
Congressman Tim Huelskamp
(202) 225-2715 DC
(785) 309-0572 Salina
Senator Jerry Moran
Member Senate Transportation/HUD Committee
(202) 224-6521 DC
(785) 232-2605 Topeka
Senator Pat Roberts
(202) 224-4774 DC
(785) 295-2745 Topeka
Clay Center Housing Authority is where you will find convenient, affordable living. Each 1 and 2 bedroom apartment is equipped with kitchens, cable TV, internet access and storage space. There are also many activities to enjoy including recreation, entertainment, fellowship, and meals. Transportation services are also available. While they were designed with seniors and disabled in mind, everyone is welcome to apply. Office hours are 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
We are now taking applications for all of our properties.