The Department of Neighborhood Relations offers programs and services that provide affordable housing opportunities. We administer a variety of programs for housing finance funded by federal, state and local sources. We strive to enhance affordable living, neighborhood livability, the appearance of the community, and safeguard life, health and property.
The various housing programs and projects help build a positive City image, beautify neighborhoods, and generate investment interest in Topeka’s housing market.
Department of Neighborhood Relations staff have extensive housing experience and well versed in the various housing program regulations and project activities. Staff is available to provide Topeka City residents interested in housing programs and projects, with helpful, informative, and courteous customer service.
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The Empowerment Grant Program is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. These funds are used to support a variety of neighborhood based public projects. Projects must be located within predominately low/moderate income neighborhoods. Neighborhood Improvement Associations (NIA) who are designated as 2017 Stages of Resource Targeting areas are not eligible for this program until 2020.
Eligible neighborhoods are invited to submit funding application(s) by August 4, 2017.