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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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Enews 7-21-22: Homelessness PIT Count Data; CoC FY2022 Application; United Way Impact 100 Organization; Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 7-21-22: Homelessness PIT Count Data; CoC FY2022 Application; United Way Impact 100 Organization; Health Summit; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

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 ...
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Enews 7-7-22: Youth & Social Media Mental Health Event Summary; Summer Lunches for Kids; Stress Management Tools; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 7-7-22: Youth & Social Media Mental Health Event Summary; Summer Lunches for Kids; Stress Management Tools; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

UCS Hosts Event Addressing Youth, Social Media, and Mental Health A study conducted by Common Sense Media reported that teens spend between five and seven hours per day on social media. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, adolescents who spend more than three hours per day using social media may be at heightened risk for mental health problems. In response to concerns about social media and youth mental health, UCS, with the Alcohol Tax Fund, Children's Coordinating Council, and the Transitional Age Youth Planning Project, invited Tim DeWeese, Director of the Johnson County Mental Health Center, and ...
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Enews 5-12-22: 2022 Human Service Summit Registration Open; 2023 HSF Grant Cycle Open

Enews 5-12-22: 2022 Human Service Summit Registration Open; 2023 HSF Grant Cycle Open

2022 Human Service Summit Registration is Now Open! The 2023 Human Service Fund (HSF) Grant Cycle is Now Open! The 2023 Human Service Fund (HSF) grant cycle is now open! Applications are due July 7, 2022 by 3:00 p.m. 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 2023 grants through the regular HSF application and the small grants ...
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Enews 4-21-22: Mortgage Relief Program; KHAF Application Assistance; Homeownership Resources Webinar; Planning Commissioners Event; Summit 2022

Enews 4-21-22: Mortgage Relief Program; KHAF Application Assistance; Homeownership Resources Webinar; Planning Commissioners Event; Summit 2022

Kansas Housing Resource Center Launches Mortgage Relief Program Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) this week launched the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund (KHAF), providing mortgage and utility assistance to Kansas households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, supported through funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and administered by KHRC, will help qualifying Kansans get current on their mortgages and property taxes and avoid foreclosure. In an interview with the KHRC staff last week, UCS learned more about how and why this project was created. In its more than 20-year history, KHRC has administered programs to sustain housing ...
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Enews 4-8-22: Young Children Fact Sheet; EFSP Grant Availability; CoC Awards Announced; Parent Connect Event; Summit 2022

Enews 4-8-22: Young Children Fact Sheet; EFSP Grant Availability; CoC Awards Announced; Parent Connect Event; Summit 2022

UCS Releases a Fact Sheet on Young Children in Johnson County During the Week of the Young Child, UCS hopes to raise awareness of our youngest generation of Johnson County residents. A new fact sheet provides a snapshot of the current state of young children in Johnson County. The early years of child’s life are the foundation of their future development. From birth through age 3, the brain develops most of its neuropathways. Through age 8, children’s experiences provide the base for social, emotional, and cognitive development. Ensuring that children have access to quality, supportive environments in their early years ...
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