The Kansas Rural Housing Coalition began with the 1st annual Kansas Rural Housing Conference, which was held on December 10, 2013 in Wichita. The conference represented the largest statewide rural housing conference in Kansas history, and it was co-hosted by J. Van Sickle & Company, the Kansas Leadership Center, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2014, the conference was expanded to become part of the larger Kansas Rural Housing Coalition (KRHC). KRHC is now one of the largest member-based organizations focused on Kansas rural housing.
In January, KRHC launched its first big initiative, when it completed the Kansas Housing Research Project. That project represented the largest housing study ever completed in Kansas – over 700 reports totaling 60,000+ pages of housing information, data, and analysis. As a result there is now an 84-page Housing Data Report available for every city and county in Kansas, which can be downloaded for free from this website (see the Reports tab above).
KRHC is now preparing to launched its next round of initiatives, which will include expanded website resources, the start of a webinar education series, county-wide Housing Leadership Roundtable events, the release our County Business Patterns reports, the development of the Kansas Community Information System, and our 2014 statewide Rural Housing Conference.