Prioritizing community investments to support the work of local human service organizations.
HUD Continuum of Care Grant: UCS acts as Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness' (CoC) lead agency and writes the consolidated application annually on behalf of the CoC. The CoC's Rank & Review Committee reviews and scores local applications for the CoC's HMIS project, permanent housing projects, and other projects allowable by HUD.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program Grant: a national FEMA fund to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States. Johnson County has a local EFSP Board that determines funding priorities, receives applications, and allocates EFSP funds as available by the EFSP Kansas State Set-aside Committee.
Substance Use Continuum of Care Fund: The Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, supported by UCS, oversees the allocation of local Alcohol Tax Funds and Opioid Settlement Funds to support the substance use continuum of care in Johnson County on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners and ten cities. In 2022, over 42,000 Johnson County residents benefited from 23 programs providing substance use education, prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services funded in part by Alcohol Tax Funds. In 2023, jurisdictions allocated just under $2.2 million to 24 programs for direct services supporting a strong substance use continuum of care.
Human Service Fund: Johnson County Government and 14 cities contribute annually to the Human Service Fund, administered by UCS. The Human Service Fund leverages resources for programs that support safety net services, strengthening our community and workforce as low-income residents access workforce supports, healthcare and mental health, adequate and safe shelter, and personal safety. In 2022, over 61,000 Johnson County residents were able to access over 221,000 units of service — including nights of safe shelter, healthcare and mental health and behavioral healthcare, food, rental and utility assistance, job training, financial counseling and more; these programs are designed to offer support and create opportunities to build self-sufficiency and well-being. In 2023, $412,040 was awarded to 19 programs.