Rent Backlog Tied to Coronavirus Estimated at $9M for Flint Hills Counties


The coronavirus pandemic and the federal foreclosure moratorium have resulted in what one study says is nine million dollars in outstanding rent being built up in Flint Hills counties.

The Manhattan Housing Authority is urging those facing issues tied to rental arrears that the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program is sending aid to 500 households statewide each week to help ease the backlog.

MHA commissioner Brad Claussen tells KMAN the aid availability covers both ends of rental transactions.

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The Assistant Executive Director of the Manhattan Housing Authority, Mandy Thomas, tells KMAN that applications can be submitted to the agency online.

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Riley, Geary and Pottawatomie County renters account of 7% of the state’s overall total.

A link to the KERA program application is available at


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