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