All ECKAN programs

To All Who We Serve, 

All of us here at ECKAN Weatherization understand this is a challenging and unprecedented time and that everyone has concerns regarding their safety and well-being during this COVID-19 pandemic. Through a collaborative effort between the KS Dept. of Health, the Governor’s Office, OSHA, and the CDC, we are implementing the policies and practices outlined below to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and community as we begin to re-open our program and start providing Weatherization services again. 

What You Can Expect 

  • We will call you to schedule a time to come to your home and make sure you are comfortable with us coming. The person who calls will ask you several health related questions as part of this process related to COVID-19. All of this information is kept private and confidential. 
  • Once you have given us the go ahead to come to your home to provide Energy Efficiency Coaching, Energy Auditing, Weatherization or Quality Control Inspection services (depending on what phase in the weatherization process you are in), we will call you the day we are due to arrive to double check there have been no health related changes in your household that would keep us from coming to your home. 
  • Before our arrival, all equipment that will be used in your home will be disinfected. All materials to be installed will have been either disinfected and/or quarantined in our warehouse beforehand. 
  • Any staff entering your home will be wearing an approved mask, gloves and other personal protective equipment as needed. 
  • While any of our staff are at your home, you will be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing to both protect yourself and our staff as per state guidelines. If you are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, please let us know and we will make adjustments for this. If you are able to wear a mask but are unwilling to, we will need to postpone our visit until you are either willing to wear one or the State of Kansas deems they are no longer necessary. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one. 
  • Often there are papers which we will need you to sign during our visit. These will be provided to you in duplicate in a plastic zip lock bag. We will ask you to sign them (preferably with your own pen). One set of copies are for you to keep and the other will be placed back into the bag for return to our office.
  • Any surfaces in your home which are touched by any of our staff without gloves will be disinfected before leaving. 

Because we are funded by both the state and federal governments and we care about everyone’s safety, we are taking the guidelines issued to us for safe operation very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns about our COVID-19 safety procedures, please let us know and we will do our best to address them. 

We look forward to serving you and making your home more energy efficient, healthier and comfortable. 

Jeremy Graham

Weatherization Director East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.

P.O. Box 40 Ottawa, Kansas 66067-0400

“Going back to feeling hopeless and beaten down is not on my list of goals.”

 

When Meredith Harbison enrolled in 2017 in ECKAN’s ReStart Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, offered through the Housing Choice Voucher program, she was struggling financially and was ready for a change. Teresia Templeton, Meredith’s ReStart case manager in Franklin County, helped her set and achieve goals including budgeting classes, opening and maintaining a savings account and paying off debt to improve her credit score. Teresia also helped connect Meredith to other local support groups to help address the emotional toll of living in poverty.

As Meredith’s income grew, her monthly housing voucher assistance amount decreased. The ReStart Program deposited the difference each month into an ESCROW account. Meredith received a check for the full balance of the ESCROW account plus interest upon graduation from ReStart in July. Meredith was able to reach her final goal with the purchase of her first home through the support of the ReStart FSS Program.

“If I didn’t put time and responsibility in my job, finances, and friendships, moving forward would be impossible,” Meredith said. “Going back to feeling hopeless and beaten down is not on my list of goals.”

Click here for more information about ReStart FSS.

“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.

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.

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.

Candy Burenheide, RN

We’re excited to recognize National Nurses Day by highlighting ECKAN Head Start’s Health Coordinator, Candy Burenheide, RN.  Candy has been with the agency for a few short months and has jumped in with both feet!

What do you do at ECKAN?

I oversee the entire health program throughout our seven-county service area. It is important to ECKAN to staff fulltime nurses in the program to be available for families, children and staff. I am a Registered Nurse and Lisa Brown, who assists me with our program, is a Licensed Practical Nurse; we ensure that we stay within the scope of our practice through the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The Head Start Performance Standards require us to ensure each child receives and is up to date on physicals and immunizations to begin school. Prior to the school year, children receive health screening within 45 days of enrollment, which includes a check of their hearing, vision, nutrition and dental needs. We support families to ensure that children have access to insurance and primary care physicians. In the classroom, we monitor safety, documentation of all health related records and nutritional intake. We work closely with Family Service Workers and Home Visitors to provide education and answer health related questions of the families of the children.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with children! I am beginning to connect with the children and their parents, who are their child’s first and most important teacher. ECKAN makes a positive difference in the lives of the children and families each year as evidenced in the parent and child health outcomes.