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Enews 10-22-20: COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment; Racial Equity and Inclusion at UCS; Housing Task Force

Enews 10-22-20: COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment; Racial Equity and Inclusion at UCS; Housing Task Force

COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment Figures and Low Wage Earners in Johnson County The overall unemployment rate for Johnson County was 4.7% according to the September 2020 unemployment report from the Kansas Department of Labor. While this number is an improvement from the pandemic high of 10.6% in July, weekly unemployment filings are increasing after a drop during the summer. Filings since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic hit a low in June with 1,102 initial claims the week ending June 20th. Filings during the week of October 17th were more than triple that number, with 3,539 workers filing initial unemployment claims. Since ...
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Enews 10-8-20: Census Data; Racial Equity & Inclusion; TAY Speaker Series; Discount Child Care

Enews 10-8-20: Census Data; Racial Equity & Inclusion; TAY Speaker Series; Discount Child Care

U.S. Census Bureau releases 2019 population and poverty estimates Johnson County’s 2019 annual average unemployment rate was at a 5-year low of 2.8%. Despite the low rate of unemployment, the percentage of people living at or below the Federal Poverty Level in Johnson County has seen little change since 2015. In 2019, 5% of Johnson County residents (31,774 people) were living at or below 100% FPL ($21,330 or less for a family of three). The total number of people living in “low-income” households (those at or below 200% FPL, or $43,440 or less for a family of three) decreased by ...
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Enews 9-24-20: Jo Co CARES Funds; County Health Rankings; TAY Speaker Series; Census Data

Enews 9-24-20: Jo Co CARES Funds; County Health Rankings; TAY Speaker Series; Census Data

2020 Census Deadline is September 30 Residents must submit their response before the end of the day on Wednesday, September 30. The Census occurs every 10 years when the U.S. government tallies people of all ages and backgrounds. The data will be used to help determine the allocation of billions of federal funds each year which help support education, housing, health programs and more. The Census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. To fill out the 2020 Census online, visit 2020census.gov. Board of County Commissioners to Distribute $35 Million in ...
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Enews 9-11-20: 2020 Human Service Summit Summary; TAY Speaker Series

Enews 9-11-20: 2020 Human Service Summit Summary; TAY Speaker Series

Summary Report 2020 UCS Human Service Summit — Build Our Housing Future UCS' 2020 Human Service Summit was unique in many aspects this year. The Summit gathered the approximately 170 attendees on a highly interactive virtual platform that included small breakout sessions, interactive Q&A, and participant polls. Additionally, the Summit featured an early look at the Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study – the first study of its kind for the county since 2004. Finally, the event gave an overview of the soon to be launched Housing Task Force which is tasked with moving the study’s findings and recommendations to the planning and ...
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Enews 8-27-20: Summit Summary; TAY Speaker Series; 2020 Census to Count Homelessness

Enews 8-27-20: Summit Summary; TAY Speaker Series; 2020 Census to Count Homelessness

Great Response to UCS’ First VIRTUAL Human Services Summit Like countless other organizations, UCS is adapting its convening and collaborating model, hosting its first ever virtual Human Service Summit for approximately 170 participants from across multiple community sectors. Participants received an early look at housing data and survey insights from the Housing Study, and they joined the growing and multi-faceted conversation around attainable housing options in Johnson County and the region. UCS will provide a full recap soon. In the meantime, you can read about the lived experiences of Johnson County residents seeking safe, stable, and attainable housing – such ...
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Enews 8-13-20: Human Service Summit; Housing Survey

Enews 8-13-20: Human Service Summit; Housing Survey

Register for the UCS Virtual Human Service Summit  -- Only Two Weeks Away! 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 ...
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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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