COVID-19 Resources

CHWC is committed to providing all of the resources and information we can to help the residents and businesses that make up our neighborhoods during this uncertain time.

Below you will find a summary of resources for anyone seeking basic needs, tenants, homeowners, consumers, employees, employers, and for volunteers looking for ways to help your neighbors.

We’ve added our own resources and research to a fantastic list Rep. Sharice Davids has compiled for those affected by COVID-19. Links to specific topics can be found below.

The Unified Government and United Way of Wyandotte County have also collaborated to create a list of resources in Kansas City, Kansas. Click here to view it in English and click here to view it in Spanish.

If you need assistance and don’t find a resource listed below, please visit the United Way’s 2-1-1 website.

For tenants and homeowners

If you are a tenant or a homeowner living in Kansas and will be unable to pay your rent or mortgage payments because of financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you are protected by State and Federal orders that ban certain evictions and foreclosures until at least May 1, 2020. The federal eviction moratorium extends until July 25, 2020. 

BPU has extended a moratorium on utility shut-offs due to non-payment until May 31.

CHWC is a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency

If you are having trouble with your housing situation, we can help!

Kansas Eviction Ban

In accordance with the executive order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly on March 23, landlords are not allowed to evict a tenant when their inability to pay their rent is due to a financial hardship caused by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals, companies, banks, financial lending entities, nursing homes, long-term care facilities or other entities.

Specifically, a financial hardship includes:

  1. An individual or family suffers a significant loss of income, significant increase in necessary expenses or inability to work as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and
  2. The individual’s or family’s financial resources are depleted to the extent that making rent payments would leave them unable to purchase food, medicine or other supplies, or services necessary to their health and safety.

Note:  Both 1 and 2 must apply. This order does not apply to individuals who have not suffered a financial hardship as defined above.

This order became effective on March 23, 2020 and will remain in force until rescinded, until May 1, 2020, or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on March 12, 2020, relating to COVID-19 expires, whichever is earlier.

Individuals affected by the financial repercussions of COVID-19 will still owe past due and current rent. Landlords are encouraged (not ordered) to negotiate payment plans or other agreements to allow renters to address any late or non-payments, or late fees.

This order does not stop an eviction that was already filed before March 23.

Click here to read the full executive order.

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Kansas Foreclosure Ban

In accordance with the executive order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly on March 23, no bank or financial lending entity operating in Kansas will be allowed to foreclose on a residential property for non-payment of a mortgage due to a financial hardship caused by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, a financial hardship includes:

  1. An individual or family suffers a significant loss of income, significant increase in necessary expenses or inability to work as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and
  2. The individual’s or family’s financial resources are depleted to the extent that making mortgage payments would leave them unable to purchase food, medicine or other supplies, or services necessary to their health and safety.

Note:  Both 1 and 2 must apply. This order does not apply to individuals who have not suffered a financial hardship as defined above.

Individuals affected by the financial repercussions of COVID-19 will still owe past due and current mortgage payments. Lenders are encouraged (not ordered) to negotiate payment plans or other agreements to allow borrowers to address any late or non-payments, or late fees.

This order does not stop a foreclosure that was already filed before March 23.

Click here to read the full executive order.

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Federal Foreclosure Moratorium

The Federal Government has suspended foreclosures for all FHA mortgages for 60 days, beginning March 18th, 2020.

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For consumers

During a declared state of emergency, Kansas sellers are forbidden from raising prices significantly on necessary goods and services. The Wyandotte County District Attorney has issued a memo explaining the law, your rights as a consumer, and where to report price gouging or scams.

Price Gouging and Scams

For employees

The Federal Government has put several measures in place to help compensate for lost income and unemployment due to the pandemic. You may be eligible for two weeks of paid leave from your employer if you or someone you provide care for becomes infected, and an additional $600 per month in unemployment if you lose your job as a result of COVID-19. If you are looking for a job, click here. Finally, many people will be eligible for a $1200 stimulus payment, likely to be issued by the Department of Treasury in late April.

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New FMLA and paid leave requirements

Unemployment benefits

U.S. Senate overview of the unemployment benefits included in the CARES Act

Information on applying for Kansas unemployment benefits

You can text text 816-842-7425 to access Goodwill's support text line. They can help you apply for unemployment. You will get immediate auto-responses, and you can also access individual personalized help between 9 am and 9 pm. 

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Stimulus

Finding Work

Team KC’s list of employers hiring now for permanent and temporary positions

Text 816-842-7425 to access Goodwill's text support line. They can help you find job leads. You will get an immediate automatic response, and you can also access individual personalized help between 9 am and 9 pm. 

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Tax Relief

Learn how COVID-19 has affected the tax-filing deadline and get answers to other frequently asked questions

If you are ready to file, here are some local and online tax assistance options to get you started. If you do decide to go ahead and file now, we recommend calling ahead to find out how these services are adapting to the need for social distancing. Many have drop-off and pick-up options.

Click here for a list of local tax assistance options (English).

Click here to see detailed instructions on how to get VITA assistance at El Centro (English and Spanish). 

Click here for online free filing options for income-qualified households.

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For small businesses

If you are self-employed or own a business employing up to 500 employees, you may be eligible for assistance from the Small Business Administration. The SBA is offering both forgivable and low interest loans to help small businesses hurt by the pandemic. The forgivable loan is called the Payroll Protection Program, and it allows employers to borrow approximately 2.5 times their average monthly payroll to support their businesses. If the employer does not reduce their workforce for at least 8 weeks after receiving the loan, all or part of the loan will be forgiven.

The SBA also offers low-cost loans through their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury) to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, a local Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Alt Cap, is offering very low interest loans to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees.

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SBA CARES Act resources

Other small business resources

Tax Relief

For volunteers

If you need help

The Kansas City nonprofit community is working hard to offer assistance to families in need of emergency assistance funds, food assistance, medical care, childcare, internet access, and even pet care. We will keep this list of resources updated daily and add as we learn about new resources.

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Emergency Assistance: rent, utilities, mortgage relief

Food Assistance

Medical Assistance

Childcare

Internet Access

Internet and phone assistance are available for a limited time from the Unified Government and AARP. You can read the requirements and find out how to apply here.

NDIA directory of free and low-cost Internet service providers

Computers, Internet access and training request

You can text text 816-842-7425 to access Goodwill's support text line. They can help you access tech support for internet connectivity and devices and connections. You will get immediate auto-responses on the topic you request, and you can also access individual personalized help between 9 am and 9 pm.

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Pet Care