COVID Assistance Programs

The City of Topeka Housing Services Division is currently working with three COVID Assistance Programs.


6/31/2021 REPORT

5/31/2021 REPORT

4/30/2021 REPORT

3/31/2021 REPORT

2/28/2021 REPORT

1/31/2021 REPORT

12/31/2020 REPORT


The Small Business Grant Program provides operating assistance to business owners employing 1-25 persons and have suffered a loss due to COVID-19. The source of the funds is HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) program and therefore businesses must be owned or employ low-moderate income persons. The applicant can apply up to $20,000 in assistance for eligible expenses that occurred after 3/17/20 including Payroll, Rent/Mortgage, Utilities, Loss of Inventory, and COVID Related Purchases.

More information and a downloadable application


Operation COVID-19 Basic Needs Assistance Program is a program to help with mortgage payments for those who have experienced a loss of income from COVID. It was created by the City of Topeka and administered by the Community Resources Council (CRC). $400,000 is available to qualified applicants to help cover expenses and help keep people housed. The program is by appointment only. Applicants must be city residents, have COVID-related outstanding bills after March, 2020, and be no more than 100% of area median income.

For further information and to schedule an appointment, visit or call 785-233-1365


Homeless Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG) is a competitive grant process that agencies can apply for each year.  The Continuum of Care approves the selection of the sub-recipients.  HESG can only be spent for Rapid-Rehousing, Homeless Prevention, Homeless Management Information System and Shelter Operations.  HESG is funded by HUD. The City was awarded nearly $1.9M of HESG for COVID-19 related expenses (HESG-CV) to prevent homelessness in 2020.

HESG Eligibility Requirements (downloadable)

    • Covid related reason for needing assistance
    • Maximum Household income:
      • 1 person – $16,350
      • 2 person – $18,650
      • 3 person – $21,720
      • 4 person – $26,200
      • 5 person – $30,680
      • 6 person – $35,160
      • 7 person – $39,640
      • 8 person – $44,120
    • Proof of income for past 30 days
    • Copy of lease
    • 3 day eviction notice for rent assistance or disconnect notice for utility assistance
    • If homeless and needing help with deposit and first month’s rent – a homeless verification letter

For HSEG Assistance Contact:

    • Doorstep at 357-5341
    • Community Action at 836-4500
    • Catholic Charities at 233-6300