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Sek-Cap may lose some funding

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For  43 years, the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) has been a safety net for 12 counties in the area.

Unfortunately the group says, It's in jeopardy of losing half of its Community Service Block Grant. 

A 29 year old man living in Fredonia, KS says programs at SEK-CAP saved his life. Growing up was rough for Hans Hazen, so rough he didn't know how long he would live. 

"I thought I would die on the street cold, and hungry," Hazen said. 

He was homeless living in abandoned houses, and taking showers where ever he could find water. 

While Hazen searched for assistance he came across the Rapid Rehousing Program offered by SEK-CAP. 

"We found that over 200 people are homeless living on the streets, in their cars, in abandon buildings places not meant for human habitation in our area in our back yard," said Timi Houghton SEK-CAP's Housing and Homeless services coordinator. 

The Rapid Rehousing Program helps with utilities, budgeting skills, and two months of rental assistance. 

Houghton says, "It's meant to be a short term rental subsidy, we just want to get people off the streets, and in housing that's the main goal." 

"In Southeast Kansas we know that over 25% of all the children live in poverty, and in Kansas14% of people live in poverty, in Southeast Kansas, it's as high as 18%," said SEK-CAP's Executive Director Steve Lohr.  

The Kansas Housing Resource has made the decision to cut half of SEK-CAP's Community Service Block Grant.

"We have to fight for it so that our emergency shelter, transportation projects, family and community engagement initiatives that those don't end, and certainly we don't want them diminished, but that's what certainly is going to happen," said Lohr. 

A final decision will come in March of 2014, AND SEK-CAP officials say if the funding is cut, some jobs will have to be eliminated. 

 

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