Volunteers needed to expand housing in Scandia & Courtland.

Scandia & Courtland Housing Assessment Meetings Scheduled 

Volunteers needed for windshield housing survey for Scandia at 6:00 p.m. September 24th at the Scandia City Office and October 8th at the Courtland City Office. Meetings should last only a few hours.

Both meetings will be facilitated by Luke Mahin of Republic County Economic Development and the goal is to provide input to complete the Housing Assessment Tool (HAT) for each city. The HAT is a tool for applicants to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and priorities. By completing the HAT, applicants will become more aware and informed of their current housing inventory in order to develop relevant strategies for housing improvement that take into account the unique characteristics of the region or community. The HAT is now a requirement for submittal of a CDBG Housing Application, and will benefit communities applying for other state and national housing assistance programs.

This meeting is open to anyone interested in helping Scandia and Courtland grow. The volunteer group will complete a HAT worksheet then break out into groups with city plat maps to survey housing. The windshield survey will be done by volunteers walking or driving through neighborhoods and identifying properties as: standard units, deteriorated, dilapidated (unlivable), commercial property, empty lots. The surveys will be completed and returned to the City Office. From this meeting RCED will conduct final analysis of community input, housing data from North Central Regional Planning, and the windshield survey data.

Once a community completes the HAT they are required to present their community presentation to the Housing Interagency Advisory Committee (HIAC).This core group consists of federal and state agencies involved in the financing of housing:
Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce)
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (RD)

Download the the HAT & HIAC brochure here.

Participating agencies evaluate materials presented and offer recommendations. Agencies advise community on the funding possibilities and most likely sources for grants or other opportunities.

All communities in Republic County are encouraged to utilize the HAT process to better understand their housing strengths and needs. The City of Cuba has shown interest and we hope to complete their HAT tool this fall. For more information on the HAT or windshield surveys contact Luke Mahin at rcedc@nckcn.com 785-374-3047.