Tenants and the homeless in Johnson County can get both eviction help and rehousing assistance. Several non-profit organizations and government agencies, such as the Interfaith Hospitality Network and others, can provide grants for housing needs, motel vouchers, and legal aid, among other services. Each of the agencies that operate in the county are focused on stopping homelessness in the city of Olathe and entire Johnson County community.
Some programs, such as Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) can offer financial help in a crisis. Others, including support services for veterans (SSVF) as well as section 8 HUD vouchers are more long term, “slowly” moving homeless prevention programs in Johnson County. Note it is never a good idea to wait before applying for assistance.
Programs for low income tenants – These resources will help keep families in their current home. Depending on the agency, such as Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas or the Olathe Salvation Army, they may offer grants for paying rent or security deposits. Utility bills can also be paid to stop the eviction, and that may be heating, gas, or water costs. More details are below.
-Johnson County Kansas Legal Services (dial 913-621-0200) provides free aid and representation to tenants with an eviction notice.
-ESG grants are available from some charities, and the money can pay housing costs such as rent or utilities.
-Case management will help low income tenants increase their income, budget, and reduce debts.
-Long term support to end a cycle of evictions, and this includes grants from LIHEAP, public housing, and other aid.
-Relocation is offered to some tenants if the home they live in is now unaffordable as the result of a crisis they did not create.
-El Centro can help immigrants and Hispanics with rental arrears as a form of eviction prevention.
Johnson County programs for the homeless – Individuals, or even families, that are homeless over the short term or chronically with a place to live can apply for assistance. They may be qualified for rapid rehousing or placement into a shelter or motel. Services also help them gain long term stability.
-Federal government HUD created programs such as SSVF for veterans or S+C – Shelter Plus Care for the disabled.
-Emergency shelters in Johnson County, such as ReStart, offer immediate relief.
-The Multi-Service Centers may refer clients to free motel voucher programs or public benefits for housing, food, LIHEAP, and more.
-Charities and churches offer shelter as well to the homeless along with basic needs.
-There are organizations focused on helping homeless teens and the youth in the community.
Any type of homeless prevention is combined with case management and self-sufficiency. This is required for people with an eviction notice or those looking to be rehoused. The Johnson County Kansas Multi-Service Center takes a leading role in organizing this service. There are many components to it that can end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
The type of support will often depend on the client's circumstances. This means that single moms or dads may be enrolled int parenting classes or get access to child care. This will help free up their income for their rent and housing costs. Other case management can help a senior citizen access income based plans or place the disabled into supportive housing. So many self-sufficiency programs are part of homeless prevention and rapid rehousing.
While the case management process is more widely available to residents of all income levels, the monetary assistance is rare. It can be very difficult to receive grants for security deposits or to pay for a motel, among other expenses. This is mostly due to the demand as well as limited resources from Emergency Solution Grants. However even if an agency can't fulfill the request, referrals may be given.
For more information or referrals in Johnson County or Olathe, dial 782-4077 or 816-474-4599 for information on homeless prevention.
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