|Every community must face an ever-changing environment and its influence on human well-being. How a community responds can be shaped by effective planning. That’s where United Community Services of Johnson County comes in. Through information, collaborative planning and mobilization of resources, the availability of health and human services can be enhanced to meet present and emerging needs.
Public Policy Forum
The public policy forum will be held on December 10, 3-5 p.m. A panel of legislators will discuss the 2014 Kansas Legislative Session and answer questions from the audience. Panelists are Senator Jim Denning, 8th District, Representative Barbara Bollier, 21st District, and Representative Jerry Lunn, 28th District. UCS and United Way of Greater Kansas City co-host the event which will be held at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.
(Note: In the case of a winter storm, check here for event status).
Bridging The Gaps in Social Services: A Community Conference for Faith Leaders
Building the capacity of the human service safety net by forging partnerships with the faith community was the goal of the Community Conference for Faith Leaders hosted by United Community Services on November 14, 2013.
Representatives from more than 30 different congregations and faith organizations, joined two dozen human service organizations and school districts at the morning-long event. The conference was designed to help faith leaders learn about poverty in Johnson County, become familiar with information resources, and connect to local organizations.
Pastor Lee Jost, Christ the Servant Evangelical Covenant Church, who helped lead the effort to organize the conference, offered opening remarks. He emphasized that human life was the intersection between the faith community and human service organizations; there is a way for everyone to come together at the intersection.
The program included a presentation on poverty, demonstration of on-line information resources, a panel discussion of faith community/organization partnerships, and networking with organization representatives.
To view pictures from the event, visit United Community Services on Facebook
New Johnson County Poverty Data
The new data on poverty and income show there was no statistically significant improvement in the Johnson County, Kansas poverty rate in 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau released the American Community Survey, 2012 1-year estimates today. The Johnson County poverty rate was 6.8%, compared to 6.6% in 2011. 37,440 people had income below the poverty level. Pre-recession, the poverty rate was 4.7%, a statistically significant difference. Statewide the poverty rate was 14.0% in 2012, compared to 13.8% in 2011.
The poverty rate does not adequately capture all of the people struggling to get by, and a threshold of two times the poverty line is more closely aligned with the estimated amount necessary for people to make ends meet.
To view the numbers, click here.
Human Service Safety Net. A one-page fact sheet highlighting some of the local programs that rely on state/federal funding administered by the State of Kansas.
Read the Safety Net Messages here.