UCS Releases Annual Point-in-Time Count and Data on Homelessness
Johnson County’s Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a collaboration of public and private service providers committed to quickly and effectively responding to housing crises to either prevent or end homelessness among Johnson County residents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual Point in Time (PIT) count of households within their geographic region experiencing homelessness on one night in the last ten days of January. The count is a snapshot on a single night that is used to monitor trends year to year and identify unmet needs among residents experiencing homelessness.
The number of people counted during the 2022 PIT count was 212, a 35% increase over 2021. In the last 10 years, the number of households with children has decreased in the county and the number of adult-only households has increased dramatically. The number of people who were unsheltered on the night of the count has also increased. These trends indicate the need for a shelter for adults experiencing homelessness in Johnson County.
Thanks to the Coordinated Entry System organized by the Continuum of Care, people experiencing homelessness in Johnson County are quickly identified, assessed, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs.
KS-505's FY2022 Continuum of Care Competition Public Notification for Proposals
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a national competitive funding opportunity to Continuums of Care (CoC) working to end homelessness. UCS acts as Johnson County’s CoC lead agency (KS-505) and submits the application annually on behalf of local members. In FY 2021, $888,125 were awarded to members of KS-505’s CoC to support 9 programs in Johnson County offering permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, homeless data management services and CoC planning support.
In 2022, KS-505 is opening the application process locally prior to HUD’s official release of the RFP to provide adequate time for any organization or agency committed to ending homelessness in Johnson County, KS to learn about and apply for CoC funding. Each year, the CoC accepts and considers proposals from organizations whether they have previously received funding or not and regardless of whether the CoC is applying for new funding. Letters of Intent from interested agencies are due by 4pm on July 29th, 2022. To view further instructions, a brief synopsis of the CoC program, CoC program components eligible for funding, and HUD's policy priorities, please visit https://ucsjoco.org/homelessness/.
UCS Named a United Way Impact 100 Organization
United Community Services of Johnson County is proud to be named an inaugural United Way Impact 100 organization. This year, United Way launched the Impact 100 to provide unrestricted funding to the 100 organizations they believe are addressing the most vital health and human service needs in our community. At UCS, we will use this funding to help us continue the work of education and advocacy, collaboration and planning, and targeted resource allocation in the Johnson County community.
Registration Open for First Annual Health Summit
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will host an exciting day of learning about Moving Health Forward in Johnson County. This summit is a first step towards building bridges with all parts of our community. Learn more and register here by August 29.
The Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund (KHAF) Program is Open for Applications!
Don’t wait, apply today! Funds are limited.
The Kansas Homeowner’s Assistance Fund (KHAF) program’s goal is to aid homeowners in avoiding foreclosure by assisting with homeownership related expenses.
Applicants must be at least 30 days past due on their mortgage or property taxes/charges to qualify for assistance types.
Habitat for Humanity is offering application assistance for residents. Contact:
Kylie Navarro, email@example.com, (816) 924-1096 X 1040 OR
Shawn Brantley, firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 924-1096 X 1041
For other questions or to apply on your own, reach out to:
KHAF Call Center at 855-307-KHAF (5423) or complete the KHAF Contact Us Form.
- The household gross income must not be more than 150 percent (150%) of the area median income (AMI) for the County in which the property is located or 100% US Median Income. See KHAF Income Chart.
- The property must be located within the state of Kansas.
- The property must be the applicant’s primary residence.
- The applicant must be the owner of the property.
- Applicants must be at least 30 days past due on their mortgage or property taxes/charges to qualify for assistance types.
- There must be a pandemic-related financial hardship after January 21, 2021 (loss of income or increase in expenses).
- Original mortgage amount must be within conforming loan limits.
- Owner Occupied, Primary Residences (second homes and investment properties are not eligible for assistance).
- Single Family Residences, One to Four Unit Dwellings, Condos, Manufactured Homes (affixed and unaffixed) and Townhomes.
- $60,000 Max Assistance Amount (this is a combination of up to $50,000 in mortgage reinstatement and payment assistance plus up to $10,000 in property charges and utility/internet/broadband assistance) provided as a grant up to $25,000 and a two-year forgivable, no-interest loan for mortgage related assistance more than $25,000.
Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance
- Mortgage must be past due by at least 30 days.
- Assistance up to $50,000.
- Reinstatement assistance must bring the mortgage current by curing all past-due amounts.
- This assistance covers past due primary mortgage, second mortgages, reverse mortgages, and even non-traditional loans such as land contracts (contract for deed) or manufactured homes.
Mortgage Payment Assistance
- Must have current mortgage delinquency.
- Combined assistance (including reinstatement) up to $50,000.
- Up to six (6) months of forward payment assistance paid directly to mortgage servicer.
Property Charges Assistance
- Property charges and/or taxes must be past due by at least 30 days.
- Assistance up to $10,000 maximum (inclusive of utility/internet/broadband assistance when applicable).
- This assistance covers past due property charges including property taxes, insurance premiums (including homeowner’s insurance and flood insurance), homeowner association fees, condominium association fees, cooperative maintenance, and common charges.
- Must have mortgage or property tax/charge delinquency to qualify.
- Assistance up to $10,000 maximum (inclusive of property charges assistance when applicable).
- This assistance covers past due electricity, water, wastewater, gas, home energy, internet, and broadband.
How do I Start?
- Habitat for Humanity is offering application assistance for residents. For help, contact: Kylie Navarro, email@example.com, (816) 924-1096 X 1040 OR Shawn Brantley, firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 924-1096 X 1041
- To apply on your own, register for your online account and complete an on-line application.
- For questions, please contact the KHAF Call Center at 855-307-KHAF (5423) or complete the KHAF Contact Us Form.