Governor Laura Kelly has announced that Kansans who have been experiencing financial difficulty during the ongoing pandemic may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in rental assistance.
$35 million in CARES funding has been made available through the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program. It was created to reduce the threat of mass evictions across the state–which includes both homes and businesses.
Both tenants and landlords can apply for assistance jointly through an online process for a maximum 9 months worth of assistance, which would not exceed $5,000 per household. The program is being administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.
The assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria.
- Tenant(s) have missed at least one rental payment since April 1, 2020.
- Tenant and all members of their household, if applicable, are Kansas resident(s) legally authorized to be in the United States.
- Tenant seeks rental assistance for their primary residence.
- Neither tenant nor landlord has received monthly rental assistance from other sources for the months for which they are requesting KEPP assistance.
- Tenant(s) can demonstrate that the COVID pandemic has had an adverse impact on their employment or income beginning January 20, 2020 or later. Adverse effects may include layoff due to mandated shutdowns and/or business closure, job loss, reduction of hours, or inability to work due to COVID-related illness or lack of childcare.
- Tenant’s household income is at or below 85 percent of the state median income, or $63,920 for a household of four.
If tenant qualifies for TANF, SNAP, or LIEAP assistance, they automatically meet the program’s income requirements.
Landlords and tenants can visit https://kshousingcorp.org/eviction-prevention-program/ to apply.