The Center of Hope provides emergency rent and utility assistance to those in danger of being evicted from their homes or having their utilities shut off. The Center of Hope provides assistance to approximately 4000 households per year in excess of $1,500,000. Assistance is available to those residing in the Wichita area and all counties immediately surrounding Wichita.
Those in need can access service through referral by a case manager, calling on Mondays to schedule an appointment, or coming to the door on Tuesday mornings if they have an eviction notice or utility shut-off notice.
On Mondays, call 316-267-0222 between 9:00 a.m. – Noon and from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please note: It is difficult to reach us by phone due to the volume of calls. You need to be persistent and keep calling.
If you are unable to obtain an appointment by phone on Mondays, and you have an eviction notice or utility shut-off notice, we do allow you to walk-in on Tuesday mornings to schedule an appointment for later in the week. The line begins forming early and we have a limited number of appointment times available, so it is important to arrive early, from 6:00 – 7:00 a.m.
Call for an Appointment
What to Bring to Your Appointment!
There are a number of documents that you should bring that will help us as we evaluate your situation and allow us to take immediate action. It is very important that you have this information. We do have bilingual staff on hand.
Social Security cards for everyone in the household
Eviction notice and lease agreement
All utility bills
Receipts for rent
Proof of income for all members of the household for the past 30 days
DCF Vision/ETB card if receiving cash assistance or food stamps
What to Expect
At your appointment, you will first be interviewed by one of our volunteers who will complete an “Intake Sheet” for you. They will ask for specific information regarding your situation and make certain that you have all the necessary information to proceed.
Following this initial interview, you will meet with one of our staff members who will review your information, ask additional questions and make a determination on what steps should be taken. Assistance is typically provided immediately unless additional information is needed.