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Enews 6-24-21: Human Service Summit Summary; COVID-19 Vaccination Event

Enews 6-24-21: Human Service Summit Summary; COVID-19 Vaccination Event

Event Summary: 2021 UCS Human Service Summit Building Healthy Communities = Raising the Bar UCS brought together more than 100 community members, service providers, elected officials, and educators for the 2021 Human Service Summit showcasing the recently finalized Johnson County Municipalities Housing for All Toolkit, and facilitating discussions focusing on Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Held virtually, the Summit was highly interactive, providing opportunities for participants to engage in breakout discussions, question and answer sessions, and online polls. Sheila Shockey of Shockey Consulting introduced the newly released Housing for All Toolkit, the culmination of the work of the Housing for ...
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Enews 3-27-21: Human Service Summit; Housing Toolkit; Rental & Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment; Broadband Support

Enews 3-27-21: Human Service Summit; Housing Toolkit; Rental & Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment; Broadband Support

Register NOW for UCS' 2021 Virtual Human Service Summit Building Healthy Communities = Raising the Bar Join UCS for the 2021 Virtual Human Service Summit. This year’s Summit will focus on two key issues that impact the health and wellbeing of our community. UCS will unveil the Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Toolkit and discuss implementation strategies following the recently released Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study, a part of a multi-year Healthy Communities Initiative addressing safe, stable, attainable housing across all ages and stages of life for those who live and work in Johnson County. The event includes a community ...
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Enews 5-13-21: Human Service Fund Meeting; Homebuying Experience; Human Service Summit; Rental and Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment Support

Enews 5-13-21: Human Service Fund Meeting; Homebuying Experience; Human Service Summit; Rental and Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment Support

Human Service Fund Grant Cycle and Pre-Proposal Meeting The 2022 Human Service Fund (HSF) grant cycle is now open! Applications are due July 8, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. For the first time, HSF will be offering small grants through a Small Grants Pool RFP in addition to the regular HSF RFP. HSF provides grants to nonprofit agencies in support of human service programs that promote the well-being, personal safety and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. Approximately $435,000 is anticipated to be awarded in 2022 grants through the regular HSF application and the small grants application. For more information about UCS or ...
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Enews 4-15-21: COVID-19 Impact on Employment; Rental and Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment

Enews 4-15-21: COVID-19 Impact on Employment; Rental and Utility Assistance; ACA Enrollment

COVID-19 Impact on Employment: A Retrospective The COVID-19 shutdown began around the week of March 21, 2020. In the first month of the pandemic, nearly 28,000 Johnson County residents filed for unemployment insurance. Unemployment remained highest in occupations with low median annual wages: accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance. However, even higher-income occupations such as manufacturing and professional services have higher rates of unemployment than in the pre-COVID era. Overall, more than 124,000 initial unemployment claims were filed in the one-year period between March 2020 and March 2021. See our latest fact sheet for a full ...
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Enews 4-1-21: Women's History Month; Economic Outcomes for Women; ACA Enrollment Support

Enews 4-1-21: Women’s History Month; Economic Outcomes for Women; ACA Enrollment Support

Editorial - Women's History Month Reflections As we celebrated the role of women in society this past month, I took stock of my own experiences over the past thirty years as a professional primarily in the nonprofit sector. So many things have changed – or have they? Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, the number of months into the next year women need to work to equal in earnings what men earned the previous year. The Census Bureau notes this was the earliest date (three additional work months) the Equal Pay Day was reached in the 25 years the National Committee on Pay ...
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Enews 3/18/21: 2020 Human Services Factsheet; COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Enews 3/18/21: 2020 Human Services Factsheet; COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Johnson County 's 2020 Human Services Factsheet Highlights Areas of Need for County's Vulnerable UCS released its annual Investments in Johnson County Human Services factsheet today. This annual information provides a snapshot of the types of services residents rely on to help meet household economic needs. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the most vulnerable residents in Johnson County during 2020, with job losses disproportionately affecting low wage occupations. While initial data shows that use of human services such as SNAP, TANF, and childcare assistance remained steady or dropped slightly in 2020, local data suggests an increase in need. For example, Johnson ...
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Enews 3-4-21: Housing for All Task Force; Wages and Cost of Living in Johnson County

Enews 3-4-21: Housing for All Task Force; Wages and Cost of Living in Johnson County

Johnson County Housing For All Task Force Underway UCS, in partnership with Johnson County and its municipalities, recently launched the Housing for All Task Force, the next phase in a multi-year Healthy Communities Initiative addressing safe, stable, and attainable housing in Johnson County. Building on the findings from the recently released Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study, the Task Force brings together individuals from various sectors of the community, such as educators, employers, developers, residents, healthcare and social service providers, and community leaders to identify and develop implementation opportunities that best fit the goals and needs of the different cities ...
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Enews 2-19-21: Racial Equity and Homeownership; ATF Grant AwardsOutcomes for Black Residents; ATF

Enews 2-19-21: Racial Equity and Homeownership; ATF Grant AwardsOutcomes for Black Residents; ATF

Racial Equity and the Role of Homeownership - Editorial UCS has long advocated for economic stability policies that support the well-being of our community and provide people with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential. But what should advocacy look like for community members who have been prevented generationally from achieving their individual potential due to a history of systemic racism and segregationist polices? One example of these discriminatory policies traces its roots back to our local community. The Johnson County landscape was drawn in the early 20th century, when federally sanctioned segregation in home loans and housing choice restricted Black families ...
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Enews 2-8-21: UCS Releases Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study

Enews 2-8-21: UCS Releases Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study

UCS Releases Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study A project milestone has been reached today with the release of the Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study. The study is a part of a multi-year Healthy Communities Initiative addressing safe, stable, attainable housing across all ages and stages of life for those who live, work or wish to call Johnson County home. “The study is the result of a diverse and dedicated partnership between the County, municipalities, and a wide range of community partners,” said UCS Executive Director Julie Brewer. UCS, through grant support from the Kansas Health Foundation and REACH Healthcare Foundation, ...
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Enews 2-4-21: Point-In-Time Count; Human Service Fund Awards; Dir of Community Planning Open Position

Enews 2-4-21: Point-In-Time Count; Human Service Fund Awards; Dir of Community Planning Open Position

Point-in-Time Count -- Thank You for Helping! A HUGE thank you to the many Johnson County agencies and volunteers who publicized, trained for, and administered the Point-in-Time (PIT) count on homelessness January 26-29. We want to particularly acknowledge Matt Clark of Johnson County Mental Health Center and Rita Carr of ReStart, Inc. for their efforts in PIT training and coordination. The data collected on the number and characteristics of individuals and households experiencing homelessness in Johnson County is critical for identifying gaps in services, shifts in need, and areas of success. UCS will share a report on this data in the ...
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