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Enews 8-6-20: Summit; Unemployment During Pandemic; Housing Survey

Enews 8-6-20: Summit; Unemployment During Pandemic; Housing Survey

Register for the UCS Virtual Human Service Summit Join UCS for the 2020 Human Service Summit – Build Our Housing Future. Be a part of the community conversation on housing, get an early look at housing data and survey insights from the Housing Study, and learn how you can participate in the Housing Task Force. This year, UCS is offering a special rate for residents not affiliated with an organization to participate. Agencies who would like to encourage clients to participate, contact UCS regarding participation scholarships. When 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Click here to sign up for virtual attendance ...
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Enews 7-23-20: Remembering Rep. John Lewis; Homelessness in Jo Co; Housing Survey; Summit

Enews 7-23-20: Remembering Rep. John Lewis; Homelessness in Jo Co; Housing Survey; Summit

Remembering Congressman John Lewis This past week we lost an American Hero who devoted his life to reminding us through his words and actions of our moral obligation to be active participants in our communities; sitting on the sidelines is not an option. Today, more than ever as we work to address and overcome a pandemic that has shone a light on health and economic inequalities and the vestiture of systemic racism in our country, each of us needs to endeavor to find the hero within and rise up to set straight what is not right, not fair, not just. Over ...
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Enews 7-15-20: Kansans Lose Health Insurance During COVID-19; 2020 Summit; Housing Survey

Enews 7-15-20: Kansans Lose Health Insurance During COVID-19; 2020 Summit; Housing Survey

43,000 Kansans Lose Health Insurance During COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has caused the greatest health insurance losses in American history, according to a newly published report by Families USA. At least 43,000 Kansas residents have become uninsured due to job losses that occurred between February and May 2020. Currently, more than 1 in 7 Kansas residents do not have health insurance - a 20% increase from 2018. Kansas ranks in the top 20 states with the highest uninsured rates. Of those states, only 8 have expanded Medicaid. As of July 2020, Kansas is one of only ...
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Enews 7-7-20: Housing Cost Burden; Housing Survey; Summit; 2020 Census

Enews 7-7-20: Housing Cost Burden; Housing Survey; Summit; 2020 Census

Renters and Essential Workers Experience Housing "Cost-Burden" The latest fact sheet from UCS explores whether residents in essential jobs can afford to live in Johnson County, especially considering the economic consequences of COVID-19. Housing represents one of the largest expenses in a household budget, and where one lives can impact access to schools, jobs, and community resources. Housing costs that exceed 30% of household income have historically been viewed as unsustainable and an indicator of an affordability problem; the term "cost-burdened" is used to define this indicator. In Johnson County, approximately 24% of households are burdened by the cost of ...
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Enews 6-30-20: Housing Segregation; Human Service Summit; 2020 Census

Enews 6-30-20: Housing Segregation; Human Service Summit; 2020 Census

Housing Segregation and the Birth of Johnson County - View the Video Story UCS promotes a vision and a belief that our efforts - research, education, advocacy, resource allocation and most importantly thoughtful planning and collaboration - can impact and improve the well-being of our community's most vital and diverse resource: its people. That is why we have focused on the need for attainable housing options for all Johnson County residents. We want to ensure that Johnson County has an array of housing options to meet the needs of residents so that everyone can thrive. Our history tells us that ...
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Enews 6-18-20: Human Service Summit; Housing Survey; 2020 Census

Enews 6-18-20: Human Service Summit; Housing Survey; 2020 Census

UCS Human Service Summit - Register Today! UCS' annual Summit will be held Wednesday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center Join UCS for the 2020 Human Service Summit - Build Our Housing Future. Be a part of the community conversation on housing, get an early look at housing data and survey insights from the Housing Study, and learn how you can participate in the Housing Task Force. This year's Summit will focus on the 2020 Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study/Task Force that is currently underway. The cities, county and UCS ...
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Enews 6-11-20: Human Service Summit; COVID-19 and Income; 2020 Census

Enews 6-11-20: Human Service Summit; COVID-19 and Income; 2020 Census

UCS Human Service Summit - Save the Date Mark your calendars now for the Human Service Summit, Wednesday, August 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center This year's Summit will focus on Health and Housing and the 2020 Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study that is currently underway. In planning this year's event, UCS continues to be mindful of health and safety guidance regarding meetings and the current COVID-19 pandemic. More information on how you can participate will be available as soon as registration opens. Effects of COVID-19 on Income and Housing Nearly one ...
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Enews 6-4-20: COVID-19 & Race; CoC Recognized; COVID-19 Grants; UCS Moved

Enews 6-4-20: COVID-19 & Race; CoC Recognized; COVID-19 Grants; UCS Moved

A Statement from United Community Services of Johnson County Current protests in our Kansas City Metro area and around the country continue to shine a light on racial inequities, especially those impacting our Black residents. UCS has spent more than half a century utilizing research and data to identify needs, service gaps, and adverse impacts on the human condition. Disparities based on race and ethnicity have been documented in Johnson County level data on homelessness, access to insurance, income and employment, educational attainment, housing, and even life expectancy.  UCS' most recent fact sheet highlights how the COVID 19 pandemic brings into focus ...
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Enews 5-19-20: COVID-19 and Children; Census; UCS Movings; UCS

Enews 5-19-20: COVID-19 and Children; Census; UCS Movings; UCS

Characteristics of Children Staying at Home During COVID-19 The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent stay-at-home order in Kansas has generated a new normal in Johnson County: children are staying at home. Public schools have been ordered to close, and many of them will remain closed until the end of the current academic year and through the summer. Many childcare centers and out-of-school programs have also closed temporarily and are evaluating how to reopen safely while maintaining social distancing protocols, which may result in fewer available slots. In Johnson County, there are more than 145,500 children under the age of 18. 97% ...
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Enews 4-28-20: COVID-19 Data; Jo Co Recovery Task Force; ATF Meeting

Enews 4-28-20: COVID-19 Data; Jo Co Recovery Task Force; ATF Meeting

Unemployment Data Shows More Claims in Industries Dominated by Women Recent data from the Kansas Department of Labor indicates that most initial unemployment claims from Johnson County residents in the weeks following the COVID-19 economic lockdown were made by women. In the first several weeks of 2020 (through March 14), only 35% of initial unemployment claims came from women. Since that time, 3 out of 5 initial claims have come from women. The increase in claims from women may be related to the Johnson County industries that are experiencing the greatest instability in our region. In each of the five ...
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