The state of Kansas has a population of approximately 3 million people with a poverty rate of 13.4%. The poverty rate among children is at 17.4%. There are over 380 000 single parents, families and individuals living in a state of poverty. Many struggle to provide everything their family needs to stay happy and healthy and are in need of assistance. Fortunately, there are numerous assistance programs available in Kansas. This guide will list and explain the assistance programs available.
Financial Assistance in Kansas
Many parents struggle with basic expenses and necessities, making it very hard to provide for their family and are in great need of financial assistance. Fortunately, there is some financial assistance available in Kansas.
Kansas Successful Families Program
The Kansas Successful Families Program provides cash assistance to low income families across the state. The financial assistance is to be used towards necessities needed for you family. The amount you receive depends on your income and household size. This program also provides job training and education, helping parents find better employment opportunities.
To be eligible for this program you must be considered low income, and have a child under the age of living in your household. To learn more and to apply, visit the Kansas TANF webpage.
Kansas Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Kansas UI program provides cash relief payments to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The amount of financial assistance you receive depends on amounts made with your previous employer. Furthermore, you must be actively looking for work each work you are receiving benefits.
To learn more and to apply, visit the Kansas UI webpage.
Food Assistance in Kansas
Many low income families struggle providing their family with the proper amount of nutrition food. If you struggle with food costs there are some beneficial assistance programs.
Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program
The Kansas Food Assistance and Nutrition Program provides food assistance benefits to low income households throughout the state. The benefits are received onto a card called the Kansas Benefit Card that has funds loaded onto it. Simply swipe the card when you are checking out with your food and you are all set. Your income and family size determine the amount of food assistance you receive.
Kansas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Kansas WIC program provides nutrition assistance with food benefits, nutrition education, as well as health care and social service referrals to pregnant, postpartum women, and their children up to age 5. In order to be eligible for this program you must be considered low income, and be deemed at a nutritional risk by a health care provider, or be in need of a special diet due to a health condition.
To be eligible for this program you must meet the income requirements. To apply for WIC you must contact the WIC area nearest your location. You can use this Kansas WIC locator to find the WIC office closest to you. To learn more about WIC, visit the Kansas WIC website.
Kansas School Breakfast and Lunch Program
The Kansas School Breakfast and Lunch Program provides free or reduced cost breakfasts’ and lunches to children of low income families. Your family income in relation to household size determine if the meals or free or reduced in price.
To be eligible for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To apply for this program you must contact the school your child attends. To learn more check out the Kansas School Nutrition webpage.
Kansas Food Banks
If you are still struggling for the necessary food for you and your family, there are many food banks located throughout Kansas that offer free food to those in need. You can use this Kansas Food Bank Locator, to find the food bank nearest your area.
Medical Assistance in Kansas
Medical costs are always very high making it necessary for the low income to have health insurance benefits. If you are of low income you can qualify for Medicaid and Children’s Health benefits.
Kansas Medicaid provides medical care and services to those who are not covered under any other medical plan. This program covers many services such as:
- doctor’s visits
- prescription drugs
- lab tests and X-rays ordered by doctors
- hospital care
- eye care
- dental care
Medicaid eligibility in Kansas is based on your income in relation to the number of people living in your household. It is important to note that, depending on you and your family’s specific situation, not all services will necessarily be covered, or some services might require you to pay a portion of the costs, or a premium might apply. To learn more about Medicaid including how to apply, check out the Kansas Medicaid webpage.
Kanas HealthWave (SCHIP)
The Kansas HealthWave program offers health coverage for children who do not qualify under any other plan including Medicaid. The HealthWave program covers all of the medical services that are covered under Medicaid. You could even be covered for some existing medical bills that you have.
The income levels required to qualify are a lot lower then Medicaid, so it is easy to qualify for HealthWave. Also, depending on your income there might be some premiums charged, however usually they are quite low.To learn more about HealthWave and to apply check out the Kansas HealthWave SCHIP webpage.
Child Care Assistance in Kansas
Child care costs are expensive making it difficult for low income single parents and families to afford proper child care, Fortunately, there are some useful child care assistance programs available.
Kansas Child Care Subsidy Program
The Kansas Child Care Subsidy Program helps low income families with their child care costs by paying a portion of the bill. In most cases the parents must either be working or in school to qualify for the program. You must also be considered of low income. To learn more and to apply visit the Kansas Child Care Subsidy Program webpage.
Kansas Head Start Program
The Kansas Head Start Program provides child care and help young children from the ages of 0-5 to enhance the social and behavioural skills in preparation for school. In order to be eligible for this program you must be of low income. To take a look at the income guidelines please click here. Check out the Kansas Head Start website to find a program near you and to apply.
Housing and Rental Assistance in Kansas
Housing and rent costs are on the rise making in increasingly difficult for low income single parents and families to keep up with housing and rent costs. Fortunately, there are many assistance programs available for the low income.
Kansas Low Income Public Housing Program
The Kansas Low Income Public Housing Program provides residents of Kansas with reduced rent payments in housing owned by the local Public Housing Agencies in your area of the state. Usually you will be placed in an apartment, however it can also be single houses or condos. The housing authorities receive funding from the state, who then use the funds to provide the low income with very low rent payments in safe and sanitary living conditions. To be eligible you must be of low income, usually set at 50% at the median income in the area you live, however this is just a guideline which needs to be discussed with the Housing Agency.
In order to apply, you must contact your local Housing Agency. This list of Kansas Public Housing Agencies provides an in depth list of every Housing Agency located throughout the state. Once you find the Housing Agency in your area, you can contact them to find out the specific income guidelines required, as well as any details or questions you might have about the program.
Kansas Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Kansas Housing Choice Voucher Program allows residents to receive reduced rent payments in housing of their own choice. Unlike the Low Income Public Housing Program,this program actually allows you to choose your own living arrangement. It can be difficult locating a well priced apartment that is safe and sanitary, so this program enables you to afford high quality, affordable apartments. Once you have chosen your home, the Housing Agency provides a voucher to your landlord which covers a good portion of your rent payments. You will only pay a portion of your total rent payment, usually 30-40% of the total rent cost.
To be eligible for this program you must be of low income and meet the income requirements set by the Housing Agencies in Kansas. Similar to the Public Housing Program, you must apply through your local Kansas Housing Agencies to set up an appointment.
Kansas Affordable Apartment Search
You can utilize this neat tool that allows you to search for affordable apartments in your area of the state. Check out the Kansas Affordable Apartment Search Tool to explore apartments near you.
Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Kansas LIHEAP program helps low income households with their energy costs, primarily cooling costs as it is hot a large portion of the year in Kansas. This program will pay a one time per year benefit to help with the costs. The amount your receive is based on income household size, and utility rates.
Kansas Weatherizaton Assistance Program (WAP)
The Kansas WAP program performs services to homes to make them more energy efficient, which will result in lower energy bills. This program will also perform a health and safety inspection on the home.
Kansas First Time Home Buyer Programs
The state of Kansas, along with the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation offer First Time Home Buyer Programs geared towards those looking to buy their first house/mortgage. The programs offer down payment assistance, closing cost assistance, and help with finding low interest rate mortgages. To take a look at the programs and eligibility, visit the Kansas Housing Corporation Program webpage.
Transportation Assistance in Kansas
Transportation costs can be a challenge for the low income who do not own a vehicle due to taxi fares. There are cheaper alternatives to taxis available.
You can receive rides to and from any doctors appointments, tests, treatments if you are enrolled under Medicaid. To locate a service near you that offers medical transportation check out this list of Medical Transpiration Providers.
There are two newer driving services that work like a taxi service, however ordinary people drive you where you need to go in their own vehicles. The prices are cheaper than taking a cab, saving you good money over time. Check out uber.com and lyft.com.
Legal Assistance in Kansas
Legal costs are very high making it difficult for the low income to receive any legal help they might need. Fortunately, you can find free/discounted legal assistance in Kansas.
Kansas Legal Services Organization
The Kansas Legal Services Organization provides legal information, referrals and assistance to the low income residents of Kansas. This program assists in a lot of areas such as: taxes, youth law, evictions, domestic violence, foreclosure and a a lot more. To learn more about this program you can visit the Kansas Legal Aid website.
The state of Kansas does a good job offering assistance programs for the low income residents of the state. If you are of low income and struggling, do not hesitate to apply for any of the programs that will benefit you.
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