Application to the program is by referral from a social service agency that is working with the household and can verify homelessness. Examples of social service agencies are: the Topeka Rescue Mission, public schools, churches, hospital social workers, Family Resource Center, TARC, Let’s Help, TFI, Valeo, as well as others. The Short Term Housing offers a month-to-month lease, with all utilities paid. It is the intention for the household to secure permanent housing within 6 months.


The Long Term Housing offers a 1 year lease, with all utilities paid to individuals/families that are homeless.


The Affordable Rental Housing provides long-term rental housing for low income individuals and families, as well as disabled and special needs individuals and families. All of our properties offer rental rates that are below fair-market rates. All utilities are paid by the tenant. Rental subsidies through Section 8, Shelter + Care and the VA VASH Program are accepted.

Cornerstone of Topeka, Inc. does not have an emergency shelter. The Topeka Rescue Mission offers emergency shelter in Topeka. The YWCA offers emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse through the Center for Safety & Empowerment.


A Cornerstone application is required for those are interested for applying for housing. Verifiable income is a minimum requirement for consideration.

Download Cornerstone of Topeka Application & Cover 2016

Items required at the time the application is submitted:
Application fee of $25.00, non-refundable, payment by Money Order only.

Copies of the following for everyone in the household:

  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Six (6) most recent paycheck stubs
  • SSI, SSDI, or other subsidy statements

Once the application and required documentation is received, a background check, as well as a credit history check will be conducted. If the applicant is approved, they will be notified what units are available for rent. Half of the deposit is required to place a hold on a property.

Payment of the full deposit, payment of the 1st month’s rent, as well as utility confirmation numbers are required at the time the lease is signed. Keys to the property will not be given until full payment & utility confirmation numbers are received. We do not accept cash payments.