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Weatherization Program

 

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The Weatherization Program provides assistance to low-income residents of Johnson County in making their homes more comfortable, safe and energy efficient.  

Johnson County Housing services will no longer be administering the Weatherization program.  The new agency that began administering this program effective May 9, 2016 is Eastern Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN).  ECKAN will be providing weatherization services for the Johnson County, KS area.

For an application please go to http://www.eckan.org/weatherization/

With any other questions, please call 785-242-6413 or Toll free 1-888-833-0832.

Frequent Questions:

What is the Weatherization Program?

Simply put, weatherization improves heating efficiency and fuel savings by ensuring your home holds in heat and air conditioning, while keeping hot and cold air out.  At NO CHARGE to the client income eligible families receive a comprehensive home assessment which may include repair or replacement of heating systems, insulation and caulking.  The Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s LARGEST residential energy efficiency program and is funded through the Department of Energy and Low Income Energy Assistance Program Funds.

Who is eligible?

The Weatherization Program provides assistance to low-income residences of Johnson County who own or rent a residence and pay some portion of their utility bills.  Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low income guidelines.  If a household contains a member who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or utility assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), the household is automatically considered eligible for weatherization services

What kinds of services are provided?

Furnace inspections:

  • Perform efficiency tests
  • Check/correct safety problems
  • Clean furnace, replace filter
  • Seal duct work
  • Repair or replace unsafe equipment
  • Major benefit: Safe, efficient furnace operation

Air leakage sealing:

  • Locate air leaks in your house with test equipment
  • Seal the most serious leaks
  • Assure a safe level of air movement
  • Major benefit: Reduce utility bills

Attic and wall insulation:

  • Determine insulation levels in your home
  • Add attic insulation up to R-30
  • Install insulation in walls
  • Major benefit: Reduce heat loss through ceilings and walls

Did you Know?

• Low-income families pay an average of 18-percent of their annual income for energy, compared with five-percent for other households.

• Weatherization services save customers an average of $358 annually.
 

Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, administered through the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing.

Minor Home Rehabilitation

 

Fair Housing Equal Opportunity logo and link to FHEO websiteThe Minor Home Rehabilitation program assists eligible Johnson County homeowners with home repairs and provides limited accessibility modifications for eligible persons with a disability.  City of Olathe residents and City of Lenexa residents are not eligible for Minor Home Rehabilitation program services, but can apply with their city programs. 

For Olathe and Lenexa home repair & modification programs and other providers, see more home repair & modification listings in our Aging & Accessibility Directory. 

Contact Information:

Johnson County Housing Services
Minor Home Rehabilitation Program
12425 W. 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-715-6612 / VOICE
(913) 715-6632 / FAX
E-Mail Minor Home Repair program staff 

Frequent Questions:

Who is eligible?

  • You must be a resident of Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Your annual gross income cannot exceed 80 percent of the median-income guidelines, as published annually by HUD.
  • You must own and occupy your home as your primary residence, be current on the payment of property taxes, and your home cannot be for sale.

What are the income guidelines?

The following income limits are based on HUD published median income guidelines for the Kansas City Metropolitan area (MSA: Kansas City, MO-KS):

Household Size  |  Income Limit

  • 1 person | $48,200
  • 2 person | $55,050
  • 3 person | $61,950
  • 4 person | $68,800
  • 5 person | $74,350
  • 6 person | $79,850
  • 7 person | $85,350
  • 8 person | $90,850

What kinds of repairs are provided?

The program addresses repairs that, if left unattended, would have a direct impact on the health, safety, or accessibility of the homeowner. Repair work focuses on mechanical systems in the home and devices or modifications to make the home accessible.

We do not provide for ordinary homeowner maintenance items, and do not repair appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, or window air conditioners. We also do not provide exterior maintenance such as yard work, tree removal, snow removal, gutter cleaning, or routine painting.

However, exterior painting may be provided to remedy a city citation or notification by a city/county code inspector of a deficiency for deteriorating or peeling paint.

  • Carpentry: Repair windows and doors, install handrails, replace steps, make small floor and wall repairs.
  • Electrical: Replace faulty outlets, switches, and light fixtures; do minor rewiring; install smoke detectors.
  • Furnace/central air conditioner: Inspect and repair heating and cooling units.
  • Handicap accessibility: Install grab bars, wheelchair access ramps, and railings; modify doors for entrance and egress; install devices for the hearing impaired.
  • Plumbing: Unclog drains; repair toilets/faucets; replace water lines and heaters.
  • Masonry: Repair or replace masonry steps.
  • Roof Replacement: The program provides complete tear-off and replacement of leaking roofs. We do not attempt roof repairs, only replacements. A bid for roof tear-off and replacement must be at or below the maximum grant amount per household. The work will be awarded to the lowest, best, and most responsive bidder.

Also see Protect Your Family from Lead in the Home

What are the program restrictions and service limitations?

Due to limited funding, the program operates under the following restrictions:

  • Funding limit - Funds for the program are allocated on an annual basis per city and per eligible household.
  • Service limit - Furnaces can only be replaced if certified as defective. Electrical systems must be certified as defective or inadequate to qualify for upgrade. The program may allow for the replacement of defective central air conditioning systems (not window units) for eligible persons age 62 and over or persons under age 62 who have a doctor's statement of need or disability. Overland Park residents must have a doctor’s statement regardless of age.

How do I participate?

The application process requires that our office collect some information to determine your eligibility and need. The process includes the following steps:

  • Step 1. Request an application from the Housing Services office (913-715-6612)
    or download the applicationapplication cover letter; certification of residency; and authorization for release of information here.
  • Step 2. Complete the application entirely - read carefully. Only complete applications with documentation will be processed.
  • Step 3. Provide all necessary support documents i.e. bank statements, social security award letters, pension statements etc.
  • Step 4. Note that providing fax numbers for assets, banks, and employers will help our office process your application in less time.
  • Step 5. Sign your name in all necessary places in the application packet.
  • Step 6. Return the application and supporting documents to the Housing Services office by faxing to 913-715-6632, or scan and e-mail to Minor Home Repair program staff  
    or mail to the address below or drop off at:

    Johnson County Housing Services
    12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200
    Lenexa, KS 66215
     

  • Step 7. The grants coordinator or the Housing Authority intake specialist will contact you to complete the application process.
  • Step 8. An inspector will assess your home for needed repair.

Housing Search

 

In addition to the Section 8 Apartment List under Tenant Information on https://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/housing/housing-authority, individuals looking for housing may benefit from these websites for more information on housing in the Kansas City metro area. 

www.kcmetrohousing.org/
Free help to find a home in the Kansas City Metro to fit your needs and budget. Find a place to live. List rental housing. 1-877-428-8844

www.ForRent.com
The nation’s leading apartment resource.

www.apartmentlist.com
Search location/prices, etc. 

www.KSHousingsearch.org
A free place to find and list rental housing in Kansas

www.hud.gov
Fair and affordable housing, foreclosure avoidance, reverse mortgage

www.socialserve.com
Search any city, county, or state. 

https://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/publications-and-directories/aging-and-accessibility-directory
See Housing and Long-Term Care Facilities

https://ims.jocogov.org/rc/
My Resource Connection See Apartments & Housing Search 

https://www.linkforcare.org/
Your connection to service providers in the Greater Kansas City area.

Housing Choice Voucher Program Rental Listings

Rental List 03/16/21

Housing Authority

Johnson County Housing Authority has received 62 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and is working with the Johnson County Continuum of Care to develop an applicant screening and prioritization process. More information will be posted on this website no later than July 31, 2021.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Waiting List is closed until further notice.

Contact Information:

Johnson County Housing Authority
12425 W. 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66215

913-715-6600 / VOICE
(913) 715-6630 / FAX
E-Mail: Jerome Franks, Housing Program Supervisor

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The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is a federally funded program designed to provide subsidies to very low and extremely low income families, allowing them to locate decent, safe housing while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable level. The program also offers an incentive to private property owners to rent to low income families by offering timely, consistent subsidy payments, yearly inspections, and mediation

The Housing Authority administers Section 8 (HCV) for the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Springhill and Westwood areas, Leawood, Fairway, and Stillwell.

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

Income change reports are being accepted in person. Refer to signage at front door for location and directions. Elevated measures to protect your health and safety, as well as our own, during the COVID-19 pandemic remain in effect.

With COVID-19 reaching pandemic status and active cases surfacing in Johnson County, our top priority is maintaining the safety and well-being of our clients, landlord partners and employees. We are actively following direction and recommendations from HUD, CDC, State and County officials to help prevent the spread of germs and infection. Because there is currently no vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed and practice preventive measures which can be found at the CDC website.

For HCV Participants in re-certification, please send Tenant Data Sheet and all required documents via e-mail, fax, US Mail or place in drop-boxes located on the front of our building. For HCV Participants reporting income, certifications, or other changes, please complete Change Form or No Income Certification and provide required documents via e-mail, fax, US Mail or place in the large drop-box located at the front of our building.

Johnson County Housing Authority will no longer make copies.  It will be the HCV Participant’s responsibility to provide copies of all required documents.

Annual HQS Inspections are being postponed until further notice.  Move-in inspections of unoccupied units will continue.

As always, please contact your Occupancy Specialist, by phone or e-mail, with any questions.  Thank you for your cooperation and continued support as we work together to maintain the health of our community.


Eviction Prevention Resources:

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) : This shareable content is designed to help stakeholders spread important information about the CFPB’s tools and resources related to housing insecurity for renters and landlords during the coronavirus pandemic. The CFPB is committed to providing up-to-date information and resources to help consumers protect and manage their finances in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has developed a Step-by-Step Guide for renters that are at risk of eviction.  You can find the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) guide at the following link:  Step-by-Step Guide for People at Risk of Eviction

Tenant Information

Landlord Information 

Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan

Chapter 1   Statement Of Policies And Objectives [PDF]
Chapter 2   Eligibility For Admission [PDF]
Chapter 3   Applying For Admission [PDF]
Chapter 4   Establishing Preferences And Maintaining The Waiting List  [PDF]  
Chapter 5   Subsidy Standards [PDF]
Chapter 6   Factors Related To Total Tenant Payment & Family Share Determination [PDF]
Chapter 7   Verification Procedures [PDF]
Chapter 8   Voucher Issuance And Briefings [PDF]
Chapter 9   Request For Lease Approval And Contract Execution [PDF]
Chapter 10  Housing Quality Standards And Inspections [PDF]
Chapter 11  Owner Rents, Rent Reasonableness, And Payment Standards [PDF]
Chapter 12  Recertifications [PDF]
Chapter 13  Moves With Continued Assistance/Portability [PDF]
Chapter 14  Contract Terminations [PDF]
Chapter 15  Denial Or Termination Of Assistance [PDF]
Chapter 16  Owner Disapproval And Restriction [PDF]
Chapter 17  Owner Or Family Debts To The PHA [PDF]
Chapter 18  Complaints And Appeals [PDF]
Informal Review Hearing Procedures [PDF]
Addendum - Emergency Housing Voucher Program

HOME Program

 

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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).

Contact Information:

Johnson County Housing Services
HOME program
12425 W. 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-715-6612 / VOICE
(913) 715-6632 / FAX
E-Mail: Sue Carter, Rehabilitation Program Assistant

Frequent Questions:

What is the HOME Program?

The HOME Program assists eligible homeowners of Johnson County, Kansas with rehabilitation needs of their owner-occupied homes. The program will bring a home or dwelling into compliance with local housing codes and address health and safety issues.

Assistance is provided as a deferred payment loan (at 0% interest and is forgiven 10% per year for 10 years.) The loan instrument is recorded with the Johnson County Records & Tax Administration. If at any time the property changes ownership, the remaining amount of the loan must be repaid.

What are the eligibility requirements?

There are nine basic eligibility requirements a household must meet to participate in the HOME Program:

  • The home must be located in Johnson County, Kansas.
  • The applicant must own and occupy his or her home as their primary residence.
  • If the home is secured by a mortgage, the payment must be current.
  • The repairs must cost a minimum of $1,000 to correct.
  • Total household gross income cannot exceed the 80 percent low to medium limit as set by HUD.
  • The value of the home assisted property after rehabilitation must not exceed 95 percent of the median purchase price for the area, as published by HUD.  HUD's current value limit is $202,000.
  • All property taxes on the property must be current.
  • Adequate homeowner's insurance must be in effect.
  • There can be only one lien holder on the property at the time of application.

The city in which the property is located must provide match funding. This match funding must be in place before the project can be started. Call your city hall for information.

All eligibility requirements must be verified.

What are the income guidelines?

The following income limits are based on HUD published median income guidelines for the Kansas City Metropolitan area (MSA: Kansas City, MO-KS):

Household Size  |  Income Limit

  • 1 person | $48,200
  • 2 person | $55,050
  • 3 person | $61,950
  • 4 person | $68,800
  • 5 person | $74,350
  • 6 person | $79,850
  • 7 person | $85,350
  • 8 person | $90,850
     

How does the HOME Program provide assistance?

Our Rehabilitation Specialist will come to your home and do a complete inspection. This includes such items as walls, floors, roof, foundation, plumbing, sewer, electrical, furnace, water heater, doors, windows, and guardrails. Home conditions will also be inspected.

While the mission of the HOME Program is to address health and safety concerns, other objectives include improving accessibility for persons with disabilities, weatherization, and addressing lead-based paint. See Protect Your Family from Lead in the Home.  Other rehabilitation may be done to bring the property up to a level that is not uncommon for the area. The HOME Program will not provide for general upgrades or luxury items.

How do I participate?

  • Step 1. Request an application from the Housing Services office 913-715-6612 or click here to download an application.
  • Step 2. Complete the application and return it to the Housing Services office. Be sure to include copies of all required documentation.

    Johnson County Housing Services
    12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200
    Lenexa, KS 66215
     

  • Step 3. The Housing Authority Intake worker will contact you to complete the application process.
  • Step 4. An inspector will assess your home for needed repair.

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

 

Fair Housing Equal Opportunity logo and link to FHEO websiteJohnson County Housing Services provides services in line with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Law.   The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws. FHEO protects people from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. 

The FHEO website offers topics on Fair Housing Law and the Fair Housing Act, and information for People with Disabilities and on Senior Housing, as well as how to File A Housing Complaint.   The FHEO library offers a variety of Fair Housing Publications.  

The HUD Home page offers more information for Landlords, Renters, Home Owners, and for Housing Counseling. 
 

Whether people are trying to rent, buy, sell, or finance a home or apartment as a tenant, homeowner or landlord, rights and protections are provided by the Federal Fair Housing Act.