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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Human Services - COVID-19 Update
March 24, 2020

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
 

Housing Services:

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.

Outreach Program:

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. 

Volunteer Services: 

At this time, Human Services has suspended all volunteer recruitment efforts. We will update our website when volunteer orientations resume. 

Housing Services: Now accepting applications for HOME Rehabilitation in Olathe
March 4, 2020

 The HOME Program assists eligible Johnson County homeowners with rehabilitation of their homes to bring them into compliance with local housing codes (Housing Quality Standards). 

 Applications are now being accepted for HOME projects in the City of Olathe. For more information, please contact Sue Carter at (913)715-6612. Also please see the HOME Program web page on this site.

Funds are available for Minor Home Rehabilitation projects in certain cities
March 4, 2020

The Minor Home Rehabilitation program assists eligible Johnson County homeowners with home repairs and provides limited accessibility modifications for eligible persons with a disability.  Funds are available for Minor Home Rehabilitation projects in certain cities. 

 For more information, please contact Sue Carter at (913)715-6612.  Also see the Minor Home Rehabilitation web page on this site.

Read the March-April Best Times News Magazine for Senior Adults
March 4, 2020

The Best Times News Magazine is printed every two months to inform and support Johnson County senior adults age 60+ and anyone interested in learning about a variety of issues, activities, services, and resources available for seniors in Johnson County, Kansas.   It is available for free to seniors in Johnson County and for everyone else at a $20 annual subscription. Read the current issue online.

See subscription/contact information on page 4, information about the Area Agency on Aging on pages 6-7, a Senior Resource Directory overview list on page 8, county legislative priorities on page 11,  chronic disease workshops on page 15, Census 2020 cover story on pages 16-19,  and Walk Kansas article on page 26.  Also check out the classified ads on pages 28-29, and the calendar of events and activities on pages 30-31.

In this issue also read:

Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
March 4, 2020

    Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

 Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

  If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

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