Kansas bolsters COVID-19 rental-assistance program

Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 16, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas is making $200 million available for rental assistance in the state.

Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation announced the program, which will be funded through federal CARES Act money, on Tuesday afternoon.

“COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for Kansans, and it is more important than ever to keep our families safe in their homes,” Kelly said. “The $200 million funding for rental assistance will go a long way to prevent evictions and homelessness, and ensure Kansans can stay sheltered and secure while we continue to fight this virus.”

Kansas residents who have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive money to help pay up to 12 months of rent and utilities.

To qualify, tenants must earn no more than 80% of the median income where they live, be able to document hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic and show that housing instability or homelessness is possible without intervention.

Kansas residents living outside Wichita should apply through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program, which will begin accepting applications for the program March 15.

Wichita residents can begin applying online Feb. 22.

The new initiative expands upon the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program, which provided $20 million in assistance in 60 days.