KANSAS – A program created to reduce the financial burden on renters and landlords impacted by Covid-19 comes to an end in Kansas.
Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) launched in March 2021. Since then, it has awarded more than $290 million in emergency rental relief, utilities and Internet assistance.
This relief has included helping more than 82,000 Kansan residents, more than 11,000 housing and service providers, and 32,000 families.
“Home has never been more important,” she said Ryan Vincent, executive director of Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), which administered the KERA program. “In the midst of the pandemic, the home has become so much more than a refuge – it has become our virtual workplace, classroom, marketplace, gathering space and more. Thanks to KERA, more than 30,000 Kansas families are left in safe housing and connected to vital services when they need it most.
According to KERA, “Federal relief funds provided up to 18 months of emergency temporary rent, utilities, and Internet assistance for families at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Rent assistance was paid directly to providers.” housing and services, helping landlords cover their operating costs and keep up with essential maintenance and repairs, stimulating the local economy.”
Kansas in need of assistance following the closure of the KERA program may qualify for additional housing resources, some of which are administered by KHRC. KHRC’s ongoing housing programs will continue to serve Kansas beyond the closure of the KERA program.
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