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Enews 11-10-22: Public Policy Forum; Women's Mental Health; United Way Campaign; Health Insurance Marketplace; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 11-10-22: Public Policy Forum; Women’s Mental Health; United Way Campaign; Health Insurance Marketplace; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Our Community’s Mental Health is Tied to Women’s Mental Health Susan Rome, Deputy Director Johnson County Mental Health Center Note: This article is focused on the biological differences between men and women and the variances in mental health between the two. We understand that not all gender identity fits into one of these two categories. This article does not exclude the validity of those who identify with other genders. Our gender influences how we navigate, experience, and are viewed by the world. There are many social determinants of health that impact people’s health, well-being, and quality of life, including gender ...
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Enews 10-27-22: Systems of Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence; Personal Domestic Violence Story; Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence Impact on Women; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 10-27-22: Systems of Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence; Personal Domestic Violence Story; Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence Impact on Women; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Creating Systems of Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence Heidi Wooten President & CEO Safehome One in three women are victims of domestic violence. These women are your neighbors, co-workers, and family members. Their children go to your neighborhood schools and daycare centers. It is hard to imagine that this type of violence happens in our community. But it does, and it can happen to anyone. Large numbers of domestic violence crimes go unreported by victims due to many factors, including intimidation, fear for their life, and child custody issues. Numbers that appear in research reports, including the one attached ...
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Enews 10-13-22: UCS Launches Women's Health Series; Prioritizing Maternal Health in Kansas; Maternal Health Challenges for Low-income Women; Fact Sheet: Maternal Health Outcomes; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 10-13-22: UCS Launches Women’s Health Series; Prioritizing Maternal Health in Kansas; Maternal Health Challenges for Low-income Women; Fact Sheet: Maternal Health Outcomes; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

UCS Launches Women’s Health Series Mom takes care of everyone. But who takes care of Mom? Julie Brewer UCS Executive Director Today, UCS is launching a five-part series on issues impacting women and their families. If we want “family first” policies – it starts with centering on women’s health and wellbeing. Women’s health is integral to healthy families. However, daily we see policies that do not address this interrelationship. The adage that mom takes care of everyone else before herself is not healthy for mom, her family, or her community. This year, women’s health and health autonomy has taken center stage ...
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Enews 9-29-22: U.S. Census 2021 1-Year Data; Digital Equity Workshops; KS Homeowner Assistance Program

Enews 9-29-22: U.S. Census 2021 1-Year Data; Digital Equity Workshops; KS Homeowner Assistance Program

U.S. Census Releases 2021 1-Year American Community Survey Data Earlier this month the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2021 1-year American Community Survey (ACS) data. This is the first 1-year data from the ACS since 2019 data was released. One-year data was not released from 2020 due to an overall low survey response rate that year. According to the newly released data, 36,492 people in Johnson County were living at or below the poverty line ($21,960, or $1,830 per month for a family of three) in 2021. Nearly 15% (90,341 people) of Johnson County residents were living at or below ...
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Enews 9-26-22: KS-505 FY2022 CoC Collaborative Application and Priority Listing Posted September 26, 2022

Enews 9-26-22: KS-505 FY2022 CoC Collaborative Application and Priority Listing Posted September 26, 2022

KS-505 FY2022 CoC Collaborative Application and Priority Listing Posted September 26th, 2022 Each year, prior to submission of the annual Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) Collaborative Application and Priority Project Applications, KS-505 posts the final draft of the application for funding on its website and notifies the CoC and community of its availability. In FYKS2022, KS-505 will be applying for $995,721 to support the renewal of 2 permanent supportive housing, 4 rapid rehousing, a homeless management information system, and the CoC Planning grants; the expansion of a rapid rehousing project through the CoC Bonus; and the creation of a ...
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Enews 9-15-22: Hispanic Heritage Month; Job Fair; Digital Equity Workshops; One Small Step; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 9-15-22: Hispanic Heritage Month; Job Fair; Digital Equity Workshops; One Small Step; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Every Day By Erik Erazo Executive Director of Student & Community Engagement, Olathe Public Schools Board Member, UCS Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month. This month represents the important history and contributions Hispanics have made to this country. It has been celebrated in the United States for more than 50 years, since 1968. Although there have been many well-known people who have paved the way for Hispanics, such as Caeser Chavez (labor leader and civil rights activist) and Ellen Ochoa (an astronaut and engineer who was the first Hispanic woman to go to space), to me Hispanic Heritage Month ...
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Enews 9-1-22: One Small Step; Racial Equity Roundtable; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 9-1-22: One Small Step; Racial Equity Roundtable; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Take One Small Step with UCS Why does it feel like it's so hard to connect with those around us, especially those who have different views? Perhaps we just need more practice. Perhaps it’s as simple as a conversation. Conversation is a powerful tool for understanding and connecting with one another. It can be used to discuss the differences in perspectives and build a bridge to understanding and acceptance. We know that a healthy, thriving community depends on our ability to overcome our differences, find common ground, and tackle shared challenges together. Collaboration requires that we are first able to ...
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Enews 8-18-22: Employees Value Engagement; Disparate Opportunities for Remote Work; Annual Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 8-18-22: Employees Value Engagement; Disparate Opportunities for Remote Work; Annual Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

What Matters Most to Employees? Engagement. By Janet Barrow Director of Human Resources and Administration, WaterOne Board Member, UCS Since March 2020, the world has been on the change roller coaster. Employment status, work location, redefining work-life balance, and a myriad of safety precautions have polarized every workplace. We have gone full circle concerning unemployment rates prior to the pandemic. In 2019, the nation was experiencing the lowest unemployment rates for more than two decades. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates mirrored post-recession rates. Within the prior couple of months, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed ...
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Enews: 8-4-22: Minimum Wage Fact Sheet; 2022 CoC NOFO Released; Annual Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews: 8-4-22: Minimum Wage Fact Sheet; 2022 CoC NOFO Released; Annual Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Fact Sheet: A Case for Raising the Minimum Wage The national minimum wage was created by Congress under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938 to: Stabilize the post-depression economy, Protect the workers in the labor force and Create a minimum standard of living to protect the health and well-being of employees. UCS is committed to advancing policies that increase the financial stability of Johnson County households. Because of this, we track nationwide trends in minimum wage policy to inform how Kansas policy decisions impact Johnson County residents. Since the start of 2022, 24 states have raised the minimum ...
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Enews 8-2-22: 2022 CoC Notice of Funding Released

Enews 8-2-22: 2022 CoC Notice of Funding Released

HUD Released 2022 CoC Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on 8/1/22; KS-505 Will Publish Updated Competition Timeline by 8/5/22 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its FY2022 CoC NOFO – a national competitive funding process opportunity for Continuums of Care (CoC) working to end homelessness. To view the FY2022 NOFO, see View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV. UCS acts as Johnson County’s CoC lead agency (KS-505) and submits the application annually on behalf of local members to qualify for grant awards funding permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, homeless data management services and CoC planning. In July, KS-505 opened ...
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