Quality housing is an asset to a community and must be maintained and addressed just like any other infrastructure within a community. We have experienced staff available to help member cities and counties evaluate and address their respective housing needs. Housing services include but are not limited to housing project planning, housing rehabilitation administration and inspection, lead base paint and asbestos assessments, nuisance abatement, energy audits and household weatherization.
Contact the NCRPC Housing Director to determine what programs may be available for a potential housing project.
The NCRPC provides application preparation, project administration and inspection services for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehabilitation Program, which is funded through the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC). The CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program is part of an annual competitive round with an application typically in August. This program provides funding to local governments for homeowner and rental rehabilitation and for demolishing dilapidated residential structures. All communities applying for a CDBG housing grant must complete the Housing Assessment Tool (HAT). Click here for the HAT form or contact the NCRPC Housing Director.
Housing Inspection Services
The NCRPC also has housing inspectors on staff. Their services are offered to governmental entities and include:
- Certified Asbestos Material Inspection
- Lead Base Paint Inspection or Assessment
- Housing Quality Standards Inspection
- Weatherization Inspection
A new pilot Nuisance Abatement Program will assist communities struggling to deal with “nuisance” properties that are unsafe or not in compliance with ordinances. Common nuisances may include unlicensed cars; uncontrolled weeds, grass, trees, and bushes; houses with broken windows or doors; outbuildings in disrepair; vacant houses; and household garbage and other waste. In addition to these items being an eyesore for a community, many are also a threat to the health and safety of its citizens.
While some larger communities have code enforcement officers, many in the NCRPC region do not. This program is a means for communities to have access to this type of service on a contractual basis without the full staffing costs associated with such by using the NCRPC for third party assessment and oversight.
We are currently seeking qualified housing and/or HVAC contractors to bid contract work for our housing programs. Opportunities exist for the Housing Rehabilitation and the Household Weatherization Assistance Programs. For more information, click here.
The North Central Regional Planning Commission operates a Weatherization Assistance Program that helps reduce energy costs for low-income households (see maximum income guidelines below) by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. The 42 counties in the NCRPC service area include: Barton, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Geary, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Jewell, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mitchell, Morris, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, and Wichita. Funding for this program is provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).