TBRA

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT


6/25/2014 Becky Gray, Director of Research
620.724.8204 ext. 1026
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SEK-CAP WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR HOMELESS


PROGRAM STARTING JUNE 30TH


Girard, KS –The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), will begin accepting applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program on June 30th, 2014.


To potentially qualify for assistance, applicants must be certified as “homeless” by a social service agency. Additionally, applicants’ income must also fall below the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 rental assistance program guidelines, which is $27,400 for a family of four living in Crawford County; the income guidelines vary by county and family size.


SEK-CAP will begin accepting applications for the TBRA Program on June 30, 2014 and will continue to accept them until further notice. To find an application distribution site near you, please call (620)724-8204. Please submit completed applications to the SEK-CAP Housing Department, 401 N. Sinnet, Girard, KS 66743.


The TBRA Program, overseen by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, assists qualifying individuals and families with rental subsidies and/or security and utility deposits. The SEK-CAP TBRA Program is used specifically to address the housing needs of those who are homeless or about to become homeless through no fault of their own throughout twelve counties in Southeast Kansas.


For more information about this program, please call (620)724-8204. This is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

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The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program is a 501 (c) (3) private, non-profit organization
serving twelve southeast Kansas counties. SEK-CAP is headquartered in Girard, and was created in 1966
to combat poverty. The organizational mission is to unite staff, individuals, families, and community
partners to provide quality, comprehensive services through compassionate, respectful relationships.
Programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, Housing and Home Weatherization, Family and
Community Engagement, Emergency Shelter, and General Public Transportation. Contact the SEK-CAP
central office at 401 N. Sinnet or by dialing 620.724.8204. Visit the website at
www.sek-cap.com

Transportation Changes

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT


June 25, 2014 Steve Lohr
620.724.8204 ext. 1015
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SEK-CAP Transportation Changes Effective July 1st

 


Girard – Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) announces changes to their area general public transportation services effective July 1st. Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director, said, “Proposed cuts to our Community Services Block Grant by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation have forced us to curtail transportation services and eliminate routes.” “The state and federal funding to maintain existing services is in place at 70%, but the local matching funds are not, so these adjustments must take place.”


The deviated fixed route system in Pittsburg called PACT will downsize from two vehicles to one. PACT will now operate in a condensed area of south Pittsburg eleven hours each day, Monday through Friday. Although there will be changes, the new routes and schedules will continue to provide much needed service for thousands of PSU students, officials said. They anticipate PACT ridership will steadily increase as it has over each of the past eight years. The Student Fee Council as well as several university divisions provide more than $24,000 in matching funds annually for SEK-CAP transportation services.


Two Pittsburg/Frontenac buses and a Cherokee County route will be eliminated. One demand responsive vehicle will be dedicated to serve Pittsburg and rural Crawford County. The Crawford County Commission provides support for this bus through the Elderly Fund. Support through Girard Medical Center also provides transportation capacity in the county. Individuals and groups choosing to schedule their rides 24 hours in advance may continue to do so. Lohr said, “SEK-CAP will keep working to identify local resources for matching funds to restore transportation services to the most populous community and county in our service area.”
Also effective July 1st, SEK-CAP expands transportation services into the community of Ft. Scott. This initiative is in partnership with Bourbon County Senior Citizens, made possible by the community’s commitment to nearly $30,000 in local match funding. Other SEK-CAP public transportation routes extend through Montgomery and Neosho counties with support through those county commissions.


For schedules, routes, and contact information, riders are encouraged to visit the SEK-CAP Transportation website HERE.


The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program is a 501 (c) (3) private, non-profit organization serving twelve southeast Kansas counties. SEK-CAP is headquartered in Girard, and was created in 1966 to combat poverty. The organizational mission is to unite staff, individuals, families, and community partners to provide quality, comprehensive services through compassionate, respectful relationships. Programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, Housing and Home Weatherization, Community Engagement, Emergency Shelter, and General Public Transportation. Contact the SEK-CAP central office at 401 N. Sinnet or by dialing 620.724.8204. Visit the website at www.sek-cap.com

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