Affordable housing options

When searching for housing, consider your search a challenge, an adventure, or a new opportunity. Pace yourself and persist, search and apply, and don’t be discouraged by waiting lists. Sometimes you are closer than you think. Housing searches favor those who take action. Call or visit apartments. Search online. Have applications mailed to you. Fill out applications. When you have the need for housing, take action.

Others have taken the same steps and eventually found themselves a place to call home. Wherever a person ends up, there is usually an opportunity to change later if needed.

Here’s a quick look at some options for Housing in Johnson County collected by the Information & Assistance team at the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging:

Housing Choice Voucher programs (Section 8) offer subsidized housing for low-income residents of all ages. There are two housing authorities in Johnson County … one for Olathe 913-971-6260 and one for the rest of Johnson County located in Lenexa on 87th street 913-715-6600. The voucher programs have waiting lists that are closed, but open every year or so. When the waiting lists open up it is advertised in newspapers and on the housing websites. Look at the housing authority websites or check every month.

At, search for Housing Authority then Renter Resources and Apartment Listings. For Olathe, go to the City of Olathe website, then Services, then Housing and Transportation.

Section 202 is for persons age 62 and older, or some folks with disabilities…and offers subsidized housing at high-rises or apartments. You apply at each of them, and generally pay 30% of your income for rent if you qualify. When these places have waiting lists, you must apply to get on the list.

Section 42, the low-income tax credit apartments for individuals age 55+ got a tax break when they were built if they would offer some of their apartments at less than market rate. You apply at each one of these apartments.

Apartments lists can be found online. Search for Explore Your Options Service Directory. Also see more Section 42 listings through Kansas Housing and search under Renters then Find An Apartment.