Human Services is taking a number of precautionary measures to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working with Johnson County government to make the best decisions concerning our programs and services.
Below are the latest program updates:
Area Agency on Aging (AAA):
MEALS ON WHEELS: The Meals on Wheels Home Delivered program will continue with a few changes: We will be phasing out the daily hot meal delivery beginning next Monday, March 23 and will instead be delivering shelf stable and/or frozen meals once a week. Each participant will have a week’s worth of meals.
See Age of Cornavirus:Agencies Scramble to Serve Seniors with comments by AAA Director Dan Goodman
See Coronavirus Information for Older Adults on the CDC Website
INSPECTIONS: All inspections of resident’s homes on the HOME and Minor Home programs will be suspended until further notice. Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections of occupied units will also be suspended. The only exception to the inspection rule would be for a move-in inspection of a unit that is unoccupied through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Otherwise, inspections will cease until the Federal, State and Local Governments deem the crisis to be mitigated and it is safe to go back into people’s homes for thorough inspections.
HOUSING SERVICES: Housing services will be limiting walk-in traffic by encouraging clients to provide information by phone or by making an appointment with staff. Drop boxes for document drop off will be provided inside the lobby and outside of the building, Appropriate forms and self-sealing envelopes will be available at the drop box location inside the building.
See more from Housing Services in a special COVID-19 Update.
ACCESSIBILITY: In-home visits and homemaker services have been suspended.
MULTI-SERVICE CENTERS: Multi-Service Centers (MSC) will remain open. Utility Assistance appointments are being suspended at this time with the exception to those on a payment plan or have a budget bill (with a due date within 5 days). The rent assistance program is suspended until further notice. Kansas City Medicine Cabinet vouchers will only be available for dental emergencies and prescription drugs.
FOOD PANTRY: The North Central Multi-Service Center will suspend all open food pantry hours. Clients may access the food pantry on an appointment-only basis. To make an appointment, please call 913-715-6653.
CATCH-A-RIDE: Catch A Ride has limited its service to current clients who have dialysis and chemo-therapy appointments. All other rides will be suspended until further notice.
At this time, Human Services has suspended all volunteer recruitment efforts. We will update our website when volunteer orientations resume.