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Rental and housing assistance in Riley County.

Various housing as well as rental assistance programs are available in Riley County. Most of them are part of federal government funded homeless prevention programs. Grants can help pay back rent costs, there is financial assistance for security deposits, free homeless shelters, furniture and even mortgage help in the Riley County Kansas region. All of the support, whether from a charity or church, is meant to prevent evictions and homelessness.

The main housing focused programs are listed below. Some offer loans or rent for paying bills including rent. Others only offer advice, including on how free legal aid can be used to stop evictions as well as foreclosures. There may also be details on rapid rehousing, which involves both first month’s rent as well as security deposit assistance. Each one of the Riley County agencies listed below will offer their own form of support. Or referrals will be given.

Manhattan and Riley County Salvation Army
Address is 308 - 310 Poyntz Ave
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(785) 539-9399
A low-cost thrift store may have beds, furniture, appliances, and other items. There are also homeless prevention programs, a homeless shelter, money for rent, and other services. More on Salvation Army in Riley County.

Kansas Legal Services
Mailing address - 104 S 4th Street Floor 2
Manhattan Kansas 66502
Call 785-537-2943
Free legal aid is for the low income and working poor. Other clients of the advice from attorneys tend to be senior citizens and the disabled. Referrals may be given to financial aid.

MESI - Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc
The location is 416 S 4th Street, Manhattan KS 6650
For information, dial 785-537-3113
As many as 3 different housing assistance programs are offered. When it comes to financial aid, there is the Homeless Rental Assistance Program. It can provide government ESG grants that help pay rent, utility bills, moving costs, and maybe even storage.





There is also the Caroline Peine Transitional Shelter, supportive housing for the disabled or senior citizens, and others. Relocation assistance, which involves both utility and rent deposit help, may also be arranged. Support is for the homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Manhattan Housing Authority
Address is 300 N 5th Street
Manhattan KS 66502
Telephone number is 785-776-8588
The goal is to give low income families and those in poverty access to affordable as well as safe housing. This includes HUD housing choice section 8 vouchers for paying rent, public housing/apartments, loans for homebuying, and more. A waiting list is normally in place.

Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas
Location is 1500 S. 9th St
Salina, Kansas 67401
Main number - (785) 825-0208
Families with eviction or utility disconnection notices may apply for energy bill or rent help. There is also food, bus passes for the transient/homeless, furniture and household supplies, and other basic needs as well as housing resources.

Other non-monetary housing resources in Riley County

  • Ashby House is at 150 S. 8th, Salina, Kansas 67401. Main number - (785) 826-4935. It is a shelter for the homeless, single moms as well as unaccompanied women.
  • Housing and Credit Counseling Inc, Address is 323 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan KS 66502, Main number: 785-539-6666. Some free advice is given as well as low cost support. They will only assist with mortgage and debt problems, which can stop foreclosures. No direct financial aid is paid out.



By Jon McNamara

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