“Ellen,” mother to three teens, participates in our Douglas County Stepping Stones case management program and is making financial progress. But last month Ellen couldn’t pay her large monthly catch up electric payment. ECKAN staff pooled help from ECKAN, a church, another nonprofit and @One Hundred Good Women so Ellen could pay the bill and avoid a shutoff. ECKAN staff then coached Ellen to pay one quarter of the amount from each weekly paycheck to avoid a large amount due at the end of each month.

ECKAN services at the Don Woodward Community Center, 517 E. 3rd St. Ottawa, will resume on a staggered basis. Staff and volunteers need time to clean and reorganize after the building was flooded June 22 and 23.

ECKAN services will reopen:

  • Monday, July 1: ECKAN Summer Lunch Bunch only at noon
  • Tuesday, July 2: ECKAN Franklin County food distribution only
  • Wednesday, July 3: ECKAN Franklin County Community Center services resume including accepting school supply applications.

Ottawa—Flooding from Saturday night’s storm has closed the Don Woodward ORC Building, 517 E. 3rd St., for three to five days.

Beginning Monday, June 24, ECKAN’s Summer Lunch Bunch will move temporarily to the Ottawa Recreation Commission Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St.

ECKAN Franklin County Community Center services will be temporarily housed at  ECKAN’s regional office, 1320 S. Ash. The Tuesday Food Giveaway must be cancelled this week, announced Teresia Templeton, ECKAN Franklin County Human Services Coordinator.

 

“Mandy” came into our Franklin County office very upset. DCF removed her child from her home because Mandy had fallen behind on her utility payments during a hospital stay. ECKAN worked with other agencies and the City of Ottawa to have her utilities restored. Her child is back home with her.

“Crystal Anderson is hitting the ground running as she eagerly starts her new role.”..Ottawa Herald, June 4, 2019

To increase efficiency and maintain quality service to clients, Kansas Housing Resources Corp. announced the realignment of service providers for the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program.

Effective June 1, ECKAN will become the new weatherization service provider for Allen, Bourbon, Linn, Morris, and Woodson counties. South Central Kansas Economic Development District – SCKEDD will become the new weatherization service provider for Butler, Harvey, and Marion counties. All 105 Kansas counties are served by a weatherization service provider as outlined in the map.

Check out our Weatherization page for information and applications.

U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins has announced he will join more than 30 of his congressional colleagues to co-sponsor HR 1695, the Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 1695). This act is a major funding source for many anti-poverty services ECKAN provides in nine counties in east-central Kansas.

H.R. 1695 will renew the nation’s commitment to reducing poverty through more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America.  The Community Action Network is celebrating 55 years of services to individuals and families this year.

Rep. Watkins learned firsthand about ECKAN’s efforts to help low-income Kansans achieve self-sufficiency in April when he and his staff visited the ECKAN administrative office in Ottawa and a Head Start classroom in Emporia.

ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Development Corp.) is a community action partnership agency fighting poverty in 16 east central Kansas counties. HR 1695 supports self-sufficiency programming in the following ECKAN-serviced counties: Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon, Johnson, Miami, Morris and Osage.

 

Construction of a new 34-unit mixed income duplex development in north Ottawa is scheduled for completion in time for August leasing.

ECKAN, the City of Ottawa and Prairie Fire partnered on this project, which will add 28 new units of housing at below-market rates. Square footage is 1,000 for two-bedroom units and 1,250 for three-bedroom units. Depending upon unit size and income qualifications, monthly rents are projected at $240 subsidized to $995 market.

Seldin Co. is the leasing agent: 785-241-9885 / https://www.seldin.com/prairieview

ECKAN also supports affordable housing in 16 east central Kansas counties through its own below-market rental housing, federal voucher programs and weatherization of existing homes.

Crystal Anderson will assume the position of ECKAN CEO on June 1, 2019.  She is currently Assistant CEO and has been with the agency since 2013. “Over the last several years Crystal has helped grow ECKAN through new initiatives within our communities, and has become well known and respected by our partners at the local,…Read More→