Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP)
You applied for the KEPP program. Now what?
The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP) application closed at 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2020. Complete applications submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15 will be processed and applicants will be notified whether their application was approved or denied. Applications submitted after 12 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16 will not be considered for funding.
Still have questions? Please see below.
Complete applications received by the Dec. 15 deadline will be processed in the order received. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be notified whether it was approved or denied via email.
Processing time varies, but our team is working as quickly as they can to process a large volume of applications in a short amount of time. At this time we anticipate that all applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by the end of January.
Processing time varies, but we anticipate that all assistance will be paid by January 31, 2021.
No. Funding for the KEPP program covers assistance only through December 2020.
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency COVID-19 relief package that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through January 31, 2021. The bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Kansas will receive $200 million in rental assistance funds, most of which will be administered by KHRC. Our new Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program, an emergency rental assistance program similar to KEPP, is projected to launch in March 2021.
Want to learn more or apply for KERA assistance when the program opens? Watch our website for updates and announcements.
Communication with your landlord has never been more important. If you are unable to pay your rent, please contact your landlord to discuss your options.
Kansans seeking assistance with rent and utility payments may qualify for our Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program. Contact your local provider to learn about eligibility requirements and application process. Our Community Services Block Grant program assists Kansans with housing and community services across the state. Contact your local provider to see if you qualify. Kansans currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness may qualify for support through our Emergency Solutions Grant program. Contact your local ESG service provider to learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Home has never been more important. Our homes have always provided shelter, but in the midst of the COVID pandemic, home has become so much more. Home is where we receive our health care, educate our children, conduct business, and connect virtually for worship services, community meetings, and social gatherings.
While moratoriums have provided tenants with temporary protection from eviction, rent continues to accrue each month, leaving families unsure how they will pay arrears, and leaving landlords without monthly income to pay bills and manage maintenance and upkeep.
The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP) provides rental assistance to households that have missed one or more rent payment(s) as a result of the COVID pandemic. Landlords and tenants apply via a joint online process. If the application is approved, the landlord receives rental assistance funds directly from KEPP, applies KEPP funds to the tenant’s account, and waives late fees for the month(s) assistance was awarded. Approved tenants are eligible for a maximum of nine months of assistance, not to exceed $5,000 per household.
KEPP 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 Eviction Prevention Program is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. It was authorized by Governor Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce and is administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC).
Successful program applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Tenant(s) have missed at least one rental payment since April 1, 2020.
- Tenant and all members of their household, if applicable, are Kansas resident(s) legally authorized to be in the United States.
- Tenant seeks rental assistance for their primary residence.
- Neither tenant nor landlord has received monthly rental assistance from other sources for the months for which they are requesting KEPP assistance.
- Tenant(s) can demonstrate that the COVID pandemic has had an adverse impact on their employment or income beginning January 20, 2020 or later. Adverse effects may include layoff due to mandated shutdowns and/or business closure, job loss, reduction of hours, or inability to work due to COVID-related illness or lack of childcare.
- Tenant’s household income is at or below 85 percent of the state median income, or $63,920 for a household of four.
If tenant qualifies for TANF, SNAP, or LIEAP assistance, they automatically meet the program’s income requirements.