September 15, 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2016 Poverty Estimates
         Johnson County Poverty Levels Stagnant

The U.S Census Bureau yesterday released 2016 estimates of population, poverty, income, and other demographic indicators from its American Community Survey and Current Population Survey. Nationwide, the official poverty rate dropped from 13.5% to 12.7%, with 2.5 million fewer Americans living below the federal poverty level than in 2015. Median household income increased nationwide, although there was no significant increase in the Midwestern states.
Early analysis of Johnson County data indicates that unlike the nationwide trend, more people were identified as living poverty in 2016 than in 2015, with approximately 32,440 Johnson County residents living in households with income below the federal poverty level. The rate of children living in poverty decreased, while poverty in young adults and seniors increased. Overall, 5.6% of Johnson County residents live in poverty, compared to 5.3% in 2015.

The unemployment rate in Johnson County is 3.2%, the lowest in more than a decade. 67% of the working-age population is working full-time, year-round. However, real household income has not kept up with inflation, and median household income has decreased slightly since 2015.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2016 and Current Population Survey 2016

UCS Releases Rank and Review Results for HUD Continuum of Care

UCS acts as Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness' (CoC) lead agency and writes the collaborative application annually on behalf of local members.  In FY 2016, $677,000 was awarded to members of Johnson County's CoC to support 10 programs.
In its role as CoC lead agency, UCS is also responsible for managing the CoC Rank and Review process, conducting regular meetings of the CoC membership and board, and providing educational/best practices opportunities for all entities involved in serving our county's homeless population.
The Johnson County CoC's Rank and Review Committee and Board have officially released KS-505's FY2017 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) NOFA Rank and Review results for this year's competition. Thank you to the Rank and Review Committee for their invaluable expertise and the volunteer time they devoted to this process.  To review the full results, please click here.
Please direct any questions about the process and/or results to Valorie Carson, or call 913-438-4764.

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