Below are resources to help you navigate policies surrounding the COVID-19 situation, organized by topic. Click a link below to go directly to that topic.
Johnson County Board of Public Health Order No. 002-20, Effective Nov. 16
Financial Resources - Nonprofits/Businesses
Housing / Homelessness
KS-505 is charged with developing and implementing a plan to prevent and mitigate infectious disease transmission among those experiencing homelessness in the Johnson County community. In consultation with the local health department and Johnson County’s federally qualified health center, KS-505 CoC providers are developing a plan and set of resources for local shelter, street outreach and housing providers so that those experiencing homelessness in our community and the persons who assist them regain housing and stability remain healthy and have their basic needs met.
Until a local plan is fully developed, UCS is sharing a variety of resources from credible sources for your organization’s planning and communication purposes. Please check back periodically as new resources and local plans will be posted as the outbreak unfolds.
HUD Supportive Documents for Continuums of Care (CoCs)
MANY links embedded within documents for deeper information
Includes the following toolkits and resources:
- Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoC’s: Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease for People Experiencing Homelessness
- Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoC’s: Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease within Shelters
- Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoC’s: Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease within Encampments
- COVID-19: Essential Services for Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- COVID-19: Shelter Management During an infectious Disease Outbreak
- COVID-19: Client Triage Tool: Atlanta, GA CoC Example
- COVID-19: How to Screen Clients Upon Entry to Shelter or Opportunity Centers
- Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response
Johnson County Dept of Health and Environment – Resource Information
If you have any questions, call JCDHE at (913) 477-8343 during regular business hours or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (877) 427-7317 after business hours.
Health care providers should immediately notify infection control at their health care facility and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (877) 427-7317 if they have a patient under investigation for COVID-19. KDHE is coordinating all testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Includes the following one-page handouts/flyers for posting:
- 2019 What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Factsheet - English
- 2019 What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Factsheet - Spanish
- What to Do If You Are Sick with 2019 COVID-19 Factsheet - English
- What to Do If You Are Sick with 2019 COVID-19 Factsheet - Spanish
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page
- Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Health Care for the Homeless Council - Coronavirus Resources
(Includes multiple links to: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and a variety of local policies and guidance from US cities)
Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Resource Center
Kansas Late Rents and Evictions Order Summary
Summary of Gov. Kelly's Executive Order prohibiting rental evictions and mortgage foreclosures due to financial hardship caused by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Blue Valley Schools Online Ordering and Meal Pickup for Students
- De Soto School District Curbside Grab & Go Meals
- Gardner Edgerton School District Meal Distribution
- Olathe Public Schools On-the-Go Meal Packs
- Shawnee Mission School District Free Meals for Students
- Spring Hill School District Free Meals for Enrolled Students
USDA Extends Free Meals to Kids Through December 2020
The USDA has extended free meals for all children enrolled in school through December 31, 2020 (or until available funding runs out) in order to assure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This also applies to those children who are attending school through an online-only option.
Harvesters Mobile Food Pantries
Check this link for an updated list of site closures. Please contact all sites before visiting due to rapidly changing information.
Children's Mercy Kids Eat Free
North, East and West will start distribution Monday, April 6. Broadway and Don Chisolm locations open now.
Catholic Charities' Kids Summer Food Program
With the recent school closures, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has begun the Kids Summer Food Program early. Children up to 18 years of age can receive FREE sack lunches by coming to one of the locations below. All lunches will be distributed “carryout” style, respecting 6 foot social distancing.
Essential Childcare at the YMCA
Ages 5-12 (kindergarten - 6th grade)
Monday - Friday
$150/week or $35/day
Child Care Licensing COVID-19 Hotline: 913-477-8361
Any individual providing childcare out of their own home for more than two unrelated children for more than a combined 20 hours a week is required to be licensed. Individuals caring for children in the child’s home do not require a license as long as only children of that household are cared for.
Child Care Action Lab Grants
Child Care Action Lab Grants are $500 mini-grants to help child care providers in Kansas during the COVID-19 crisis. The application is simple with just a few short questions, and is available here.
Unemployment Compensation: A Guide for Child Care Stakeholders During the Coronavirus Pandemic
CLASP’s latest child care report providing an overview of the UI system, the new federal benefits available through the CARES Act, and considerations for determining how unemployment compensation can support child care workers during the coronavirus crisis.
COVID-19 Resources for Families
A list of information for parents and families during the COVID-19 crisis, ranging from educational activities to information about basic needs and support.
Health / Mental Health
Health Partnership Clinic Hours and Processes
Medicare Expansion of Telehealth Services
Financial Resources - Nonprofits / Businesses
Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
A coalition of charitable, business and government partners has joined together to create the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to address the needs of the Kansas City region's most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund expects to deploy an initial round of grants as soon as possible to support operations and services with a focus on critical needs, including, but not limited to:
- Housing support (rent, mortgage, utilities)
- Food insecurity
- Access to health care
- Other critical human services
If interested in obtaining funds, submit this information form.
Johnson County COVID-19 Relief Funds
The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has approved a plan for distribution of $2 million to support unbudgeted, COVID-19 related administrative and operational expenses incurred by mental health, behavioral health and substance misuse and abuse treatment and service providers working with highly vulnerable Johnson County residents. Organizations must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or governmental entities providing services to Johnson County residents to apply.
The REACH Foundation hosted a virtual pre-application information session on Friday, October 16, 2020. Please find the PowerPoint shared at the briefing available for download here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Access the COVID-19 Relief Funds Application.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Relief Funds.
AltCap KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund
Community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund intended to provide immediate relief to small businesses experiencing extreme economic disruption and financial strain as a result of the necessary public health measures to “flatten the curve” and combat the virus. Priority will be given to small businesses in retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, healthcare not directly involved in the COVID-19 response, fitness, personal service, and transportation. Apply online or call 816-216-1851.
KCSourceLink Coronavirus Business Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Emergency Loans Guide
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Support KC COVID-19 Financial Information
Resources at the federal, state, and local level surrounding legislative actions taken and more financial programs that will benefit you and your organization.
Johnson County Board of Public Health Order No. 002-20
The Johnson County Board of Public Health issued an emergency public health order to slow the spread of the virus. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16. The COVID section of the Johnson County website has been updated with an FAQ about the public health order. In addition, they have opened up their call center on November 16 from 1 – 5 p.m at phone number 913-715-5000.
Johnson County COVID-19 Hotline (staffed by school nurses from around Johnson County):
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(virus-related questions ONLY)
Reopening Johnson County
An infographic chart of the phases authorized for businesses reopening in Johnson County.
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Johnson County Stay-at-Home Order
See which businesses are considered essential.
Hotline for individual inquiries about stay-at-home order:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Send questions via email.
United Way Crisis Volunteer Guide
United Way of Greater Kansas City is in the process of putting together a Crisis Volunteer Guide. This will be shared with the public to let everyone know how they can help in this time of need. If you have need for volunteers to help with the work you are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it is virtual volunteers, volunteers making phone calls, working in a pantry, creating food bags and safely dropping them off, or anything else, please send the following to Brandon Calloway, Volunteer Engagement Manager:
- What your volunteer need is
- How it is related to or effect by the pandemic
- A link or person to contact in order to sign up
A high number of responses is anticipated and wording will be appropriately public facing. Once received it will be reviewed and added to the guide.
United Way of Greater KC COVID-19 Volunteer Guide
During this unprecedented health crisis, Kansas Citians are ready to take action, and UWGKC has identified some volunteer opportunities all throughout the metro area, that will help those who are impacted by this public health crisis.
Kansas Governor Executive Order No. 20-52 (7-2-2020)
Requiring masks or other face coverings in public.
Kansas Re-Open Phases Summary
Graphic representations of the phases outlined in Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.
Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas
A detailed executive summary of the phases to reopen the state of Kansas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas Governor Kelly Executive Order No. 20-28 (4-30-2020)
Reissuing and extending certain Executive Orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, signed on April 30, 2020.
Kansas Governor Kelley Executive Order No. 20-16
Statewide "Stay Home" Order
Rep. Sharice Davids Coronavirus Resource Center
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
Allows employers from essential industries identified by the state to post jobs to fill urgent hiring needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kansas Constituent Services Hotline
Questions and complaints about evictions.
COVID-19 Guidance for DCF Programs
Coronavirus guidance on operational procedures for various programs such as prevention and protection services, rehabilitation, child support services, economic and employment services, etc.
U.S. Dept. of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)