Topeka, Kan. — Governor Kelly capped off the legislative session by signing two major bipartisan housing bills into law, representing a significant expansion of resources to support statewide housing development. The measures represent a combined $62 million in new housing resources, as well as initiatives to incentivize housing development.

“We’ve long known that Kansas has a shortage of quality, affordable housing, but the COVID pandemic turned our state’s housing problem into a crisis,” said Ryan Vincent, KHRC’s Executive Director. “Our 2021 statewide housing needs assessment—the first undertaken in nearly 30 years—illustrated the need for more quality, affordable housing in all regions of the state. We are grateful to state leaders, housing partners, and advocates for prioritizing this historic investment to make that housing a reality.”

The measures include a suite of provisions to expand current housing development initiatives and establish new resources:

Kansas Housing hosted a series of regional meetings and webinars in April and May to share information about the new resources and solicit feedback on proposed plans. An additional public webinar is scheduled on Thursday, May 19 from 11 – 12:30. Attendees will learn about existing housing development programs and new initiatives, as well as proposed rules, processes, and timelines for awarding funds. Participants must register online to attend. Public feedback is welcome and may be sent to