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ReStart FSS Case Management Helps Meredith Attain Financial Stability

“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.

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Timely Help Reunites a Mother and Child

“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.

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ECKAN Adds Five Counties to Its Weatherization Program Service Area

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.

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New Affordable Duplexes Expected to Lease in August

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.

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Introducing ECKAN Head Start’s Health Coordinator – Candy Burenheide

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.