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.
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 federal orders that ban certain evictions and foreclosures until at least December 31, 2020.
CHWC is a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency
If you are having trouble with your housing situation, we can help!
Federal Eviction Ban
Federal Foreclosure Moratorium
Price Gouging and Scams
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.
New FMLA and paid leave requirements
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.
Text 816-842-7425 to access Goodwill's text support line. They can help you file taxes and set up direct deposit so you can get economic impact payments. You will get immediate auto-responses, and you can also access individual personalized help between 9 am and 9 pm.
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.
- The IRS has extended the deadline to file and pay federal income taxes to July 15, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kansas and Missouri state tax deadlines have also been extended to the same date.
- You can file your taxes online for free with familiar tax preparation agencies like H&R Block and TurboTax through the IRS’s Free File program if you income-qualify or meet certain other criteria.
- Click here to learn more about the IRS’s response to COVID-19, including office closures, when you can expect your refund if you already filed, and more.
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.
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.
SBA CARES Act resources
Other small business resources
If you want to volunteer your time and talents in this time of social distancing, here are some ways you can get involved:
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.
Emergency Assistance: rent, utilities, mortgage relief
Breakfast and lunch is available at Bishop Ward High School for students of any age. Email [email protected] for information and to sign up.
Meals are available at Resurrection School. Call Lynda Higgins, Resurrection principal, at 913-371-8101 for information.
You can text text 816-842-7425 to access Goodwill's support text line. They can help you find COVID-19 screening information. 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.
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.
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.