Kansas Eviction Prevention Program could help families of students

Education leaders are encouraged to get the word out about applying for a program that could help some students and their families who are facing economic difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program provides up to $5,000 in rental assistance per tenant household.

“Home has never been more important,” said Ryan Vincent, executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corp., which administers the KEPP. “Our homes have always provided shelter, but in the midst of the COVID pandemic, home has become our virtual workplace, classroom, marketplace, and gathering space. This program will protect Kansans’ access to home when it is needed most.”

Through the program, landlords and tenants apply for up to $5,000 per household to cover delinquent rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, who must agree not to evict the household for nonpayment of rent or to charge late fees for the months KEPP assistance is received.

Program funds are limited to $35 million, and applications will be processed in the order received. Tenants and landlords should apply as soon as possible to increase their likelihood of receiving assistance. Visit kshousingcorp.org to learn more and apply online, or contact kepp@kshousingcorp.org for assistance.

The economic impact of the pandemic has left many Kansans unemployed or underemployed, uncertain how they will pay rent. While moratoriums provide temporary protection from eviction, rent continues to accrue each month, leaving tenants unsure how they will pay arrears, and leaving landlords without monthly income to pay bills and manage maintenance and upkeep. Data indicates that 117,000-155,000 Kansas households (30-44% of all rental households), including many families with students in our schools, will be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to COVID.

The KEPP is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, authorized by Gov. Laura Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce. The program serves tenants and landlords who have missed paying or collecting at least one rent payment since April 1, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is a self-supporting, nonprofit, public corporation committed to helping Kansans access the safe, affordable housing they need and the dignity they deserve. KHRC serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the state of Kansas.

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