Emergency Assistance

Homelessness Prevention Funds

Resources are available to residents throughout Greater Kansas City

What is it?

United Way facilitates a variety of public and private investments to address basic needs of area low-income households with a particular focus on supporting housing stability and preventing homelessness.  Over the past year, this has included the use of more than $6 million in a metro-wide eviction prevention initiative in response to the COVID-19 recession.  In addition, United Way facilitates the investment annually of more than a half million dollars in rent and utility assistance distributed in partnership with a network of more than two dozen neighborhood-based emergency assistance programs. 

What is included?

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The federal Emergency Food and Shelter program (EFSP) supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families who have economic emergencies. United Way of Greater Kansas City serves as Board Chair for local EFSP boards. Funding includes support for mass feeding operations, food pantries, temporary living shelters and rent/mortgage assistance.

Federal Funding to Address the Impacts of the COVID-19 Recession

United Way is pleased to partner with Johnson County (KS), Wyandotte County (KS), and Jackson County (MO) in the deployment of Coronavirus Relief Fund grant dollars through the CARES Act by providing assistance to households negatively impacted by COVID-19. Types of assistance vary by county but can include: rent/mortgage assistance, temporary housing, utility assistance and eviction prevention legal assistance. Individuals should call 2-1-1 in order to get connected with agencies that provide one or more services.  

Hardship Assistance (Wyandotte County)

The Kansas City Kansas Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has partnered with United Way to assist Wyandotte County residents with payment of their BPU bill through the Hardship Assistance Program. Assistance is available for BPU customers that have received BPU services for at least six months and can demonstrate that they are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship. BPU customers must provide documentation of their hardship, a copy of their state issued ID, and the most recent copy of their BPU bill. Customers are eligible for assistance once every twelve months. For more information about the BPU Hardship Assistance program please call (913) 371-6772.

Utility Assistance (Wyandotte County)

The Utility Assistance program is generously funded by the Kansas City Kansas Board of Public Utilities and its employees. Each year, BPU employees make donations to the fund, which BPU matches $1 for $1. United Way of Greater Kansas City administers the funds to support utility assistance programming for BPU customers at human service agencies throughout Wyandotte County.