Home Ownership Program Now Available in Jewell County


BELOIT, KS, June 8, 2021 — A new program that seeks to make home ownership more affordable is now available to eligible buyers in Jewell County.

The pilot project of the NCK Home Ownership Program is designed to boost home ownership by reducing the barriers of down payments and closing costs. It offers a combination of a 0% down payment assistance loan of $10,000 and closing cost grant of $2,500 when purchasing a home of $50,000 of greater in Jewell County. Eligible home purchase types include existing homes, existing homes with planned/financed upgrades totaling $50,000 or greater, manufactured homes including lot and infrastructure, or new construction. Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The program officially launched in Jewell County June 8.

An award from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan, Kansas, assisted in the creation of the loan and grant pool, along with a donation from NCK Housing Opportunities, Inc. North Central Regional Planning Commission of Beloit, Kansas, is administering the program. NCK Housing Opportunities, Inc. is an affiliate of the North Central Regional Planning Commission.

“This initiative would not be possible without the generous assistance from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the tremendous support we have received from Jewell County banks and local leadership,” Program Manager Debra Peters said.

Primary objectives of the pilot program are to be a catalyst for first time home buyers, benefit employers in recruiting and retaining employees, and attract alumni back to the region to work, start/buy a business, or retire.

“We are pleased to bring this program to Jewell County,” Peters said. “It offers an opportunity to make home buying a reality for individuals and families, particularly in these challenging times.”

Similar pilot programs have been completed in Cloud, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Mitchell, Ottawa and Republic Counties. Since first launching in 2018, home ownership programs in the region have combined to assist in the purchase of 89 homes at an approximate value of $10 million. Results of the pilot programs will be used to develop a permanent regional home ownership program sometime in the future.

For more information about the program in Jewell County, contact your local bank or realtor or visit

The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. Its primary service area includes 12 counties and 83 cities in North Central Kansas. For more information about the NCRPC, visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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