Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA)
Home has never been more important. Our homes have always provided shelter, but in the midst of the COVID pandemic, home has also become our virtual classroom, workplace, marketplace, and gathering space.
While moratoriums have provided tenants with protection from eviction and temporary assistance has helped some tenants cover rent payments, the bills continue to accrue each month, leaving families unsure how they will pay arrears, and leaving landlords without income.
KERA serves Kansans outside the city of Wichita who have had difficulty paying or collecting rent, utility, or internet payments due to the COVID pandemic.
Initially, the City of Wichita will administer its own rental assistance program. For more information, Wichita residents should visit the link below.
The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program provides rent, utility, and internet assistance to households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. Landlords and tenants apply via a joint online process. If the application is approved, the landlord or service provider receives funds directly from KERA and applies KERA funds to the applicant’s account. Approved applicants are eligible for up to 12 months of assistance.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Tenant rents their home.
- Tenant’s 2020 household income did not exceed 80 percent of their area’s median income.
- At least one member of the tenant household is experiencing documented financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. Hardship may include loss of employment, reduction in household income, or significant COVID-related expenses (medical bills, personal protective equipment, child care costs, equipment or internet costs to enable online work/schooling, etc.).
- At least one member of the tenant household is uncertain where they will stay or may become homeless without housing assistance.
- Applicant can provide valid proof of identification.
Applicants must not have received assistance from other sources for the same costs and time period for which they are requesting KERA assistance.
- Landlord completes online certification.
- Tenant submits online application.
- Landlord and tenant are notified when application is processed.
- If approved, landlord and/or service provider(s) receive funds directly from KHRC.
- Landlord and/or service provider(s) applies assistance to tenant account.
What does assistance cover?
- Up to 12 months of current and past due household rent
- Up to three months of prospective rent at a time, even if the household does not have rental arrears
- Past due residential utility, home energy (electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash services), and internet expenses
Note: All expenses must have been billed or charged April 1, 2020 or later
Need help completing or submitting your KERA application? Our community partners are standing by to assist you. Use our search tool to find the partner serving your county, and contact their team for support.
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This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0032 awarded to Kansas Housing Resources Corporation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.