Housing Authority gets $75,000 grant

By Corene Brisendine

Manhattan Housing Authority received $75,000 in federal grant money on Thursday to help local families obtain safe, affordable housing.

The funding came from a program that assists people with low incomes.

JoAnn Sutton, director of Manhattan Housing Authority, said the money will go to help residents in the Manhattan area with rental and utility deposits.

Those whose income is less than than 50 percent of the median income for the area — a guideline set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development — qualify for help.

She said people who qualify can only receive up to $800 in assistance once a year.

Also, those who receive the grant money have 60 days to find a place to live or lose the funds.

She said they can find a place anywhere in Manhattan and up to 15 miles outside city’s limits.

Sutton said the housing authority doesn’t have a waiting list; the money is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

She also said the Housing Authority has received these funds every year it has applied, which is the last 10 years or so.

The grant was part of $1.2 million in federal funds that several agencies across Kansas received.

The money was to be used to subsidize rent, utility deposits and security deposits.

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