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Breakthrough to give $100,000 in grants for housing assistance

Breakthrough, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping people with mental illness rebuild their lives, recently received a $100,000 Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) grant provided by the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation to provide rental assistance to several Sedgwick County residents. Breakthrough will begin accepting applications for low-income individuals with mental illness looking for housing assistance on Friday, Dec. 11.
"This is a great opportunity because it is important for people with mental illness to have a safe place to live where they do not have to stress or worry about housing and can work on priorities such as staying healthy and well," Breakthrough Housing Specialist Jill Quigley said.

To qualify for this assistance, individuals must:

• Earn 60% or less of the median income for Sedgwick County

• Pay more than 50% of income for rent

• Be diagnosed by a psychiatrist of a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) with a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), as defined by Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), documented on a SPMI determination form (SPMI determination forms are available by calling 269-2534 ext 125 or online at

Breakthrough will be accepting applications for the TBRA waiting list on Friday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Breakthrough at 1010 N. Main. To sign up, individuals must bring copies of the following:

• Proof of income (pay stubs, social security statement, etc.) for all members in the home, including any children receiving social security.

• Proof of identification: social security card and photo ID for all members of household, birth certificate for all children under 18.

• Signed SPMI determination form from a Psychiatrist or QMHP.

• Proof of rent: copy of lease, rent receipt, sign Verification of Homelessness

For more information about TBRA, please contact Jill Quigley at 269-2534 ext. 125 or

Breakthrough is an equal opportunity rental assistance provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age and marital or parental status. Individuals do not need to be affiliated with Breakthrough to qualify for TBRA.

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