GIRARD – The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), one of the recipients of 2012 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) grants, announced that they will no longer accept applications for the TBRA program, effective at 4:30 p.m. this Friday, October 4, 2013.  SEK-CAP has received enough eligible applications to meet the funding capacity for this grant year.  No applications will be accepted after 4:30pm on Friday, October 4th.  SEK-CAP will issue another press release to notify the public when the application process and waiting list is reopened.

Grants are awarded through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.  The TBRA Program assists qualifying individuals and families with rental subsidies and/or security and utility deposits.  The SEK-CAP TBRA Program funding will be used specifically to address the housing needs of those who are homeless or about to become homeless through no fault of their own in the SEK-CAP twelve county southeast Kansas service area.

For more information about this program or to obtain an application, please call (620)231-5400, ext. 3 or stop by the Family and Community Engagement office, 204 North Pine Street, Pittsburg, KS  66762.  Please submit applications to the Family and Community Engagement office, 204 North Pine Street, Pittsburg, KS  66762.  This is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

SEK-CAP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TBRA RENTAL ASSISTANCE

The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), one of the recipients of 2012 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) grants, will begin accepting applications for the program on September 9th, 2013.

Grants are awarded through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.  The TBRA Program assists qualifying individuals and families with rental subsidies and/or security and utility deposits.  The SEK-CAP TBRA Program funding will be used specifically to address the housing needs of those who are homeless or about to become homeless through no fault of their own in the SEK-CAP twelve county southeast Kansas service area.

To potentially qualify for assistance, an applicant’s income must fall below the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 rental assistance program guidelines, which would be $27,600 for a family of four living in Crawford County.  Applicants must also be certified as “homeless” by another social service agency.  While the TBRA application process is reopened, the SEK-CAP HUD Program waiting list is closed and will remain closed until further notice.

SEK-CAP will begin accepting applications for the TBRA homeless program on September 9, 2013 and will continue to accept them until further notice.

For more information about this program or to obtain an application, please call (620)231-5400, ext. 3, or stop by the SEK-CAP Family and Community Engagement office, 204 North Pine Street, Pittsburg, KS  66762.  Applications must be submitted to the Pine Street address in Pittsburg only.  This is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

Becky GrayThe chamber is proud to announce the honorees for the 2013 "Women of Distinction" calendar project. The calendar honors 12 area women who lead by example by donating their time and talents to benefit our community.  These wonderful ladies are unsung heroines of the Pittsburg area, often working behind the scenes to make Southeast Kansas a better place to live, work and play. Our 2013 honorees are:

  • Amy Bartlow, George Nettles Elementary
  • Therese Benso, Mall Deli
  • Mary Kay Caldwell, Southeast Kansas Humane Society
  • Melinda Ewan, Via Christi Village
  • Rita Girth, Pittsburg State University Bryant Student Health Center
  • Becky Gray, SEK-CAP
  • Mendy Hulvey, Pittsburg Police Department
  • Andrea Linder, United Way of Southwest Missouri/Southeast Kansas
  • Kay Quick, Via Christi Hospital
  • Angela Radell, Pitsco
  • Joanna Rhodes, Live Well Crawford County
  • Jaime Vanderbeck, Pittsburg State University
  • Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!

May is National Community Action Month (NCAM) in May and SEK-CAP’s annual Day of Caring celebration is scheduled for May 4th. This kick-off event is for ALL SEK-CAP EMPLOYEES and Board Members.

A part of our celebration, we will recognize some of our important relationships, honor some of our customer’s achievements, and recognize an outstanding volunteer and organization. It is fitting during NCAM that we also take the time to celebrate the dedication and commitment of all SEK-CAP employees as we name our Spirit of SEK-CAP Award winner.

Leading up to our event, we will need to identify some of our award recipients. We are now asking for nominations for the agency awards that I will briefly describe below. Board members and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for each of the following awards:

Personal Responsibility & Achievement

This award recognizes an individual who strives to make a better life for themselves, their family, and their community. They will have worked closely with SEK-CAP and overcome obstacles on their road to economic security.

Award for Collaborative Excellence (ACE)

The ACE goes to a business or agency that has demonstrated outstanding initiative in creating and participating in community collaborations that have significantly contributed to the success of SEK-CAP and our customers.

Caring Service

This award honors an individual who has committed extraordinary volunteer time and energy in supporting the efforts of SEK-CAP. The recipient exemplifies the spirit of community and individual partnerships and will have made a significant contribution of volunteer service to our organization and others.

Nominations are due prior to April 13th