KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friday marked the first day for the new Kansas City Emergency Rental Assistance Center.
The city of Kansas City, Missouri, says there are huge opportunities for people with unpaid rent and utilities, as $ 11.7 million is available to distribute now, and KCERAC staff are happy to ‘help pay for it.
“Someone came to tell us that she was going to lose her electricity today and that she had young children and that she was feeling desperate,” said Georgia Walker, a worker from KCERAC. “I handed the check to Evergy and they said, ‘Oh, his power was cut three minutes ago.’ And I said, “Well, can we do something? And they said, “Well, we just did, it’s back!” So it really works. “
On average, the city says people have received more than $ 4,000 in assistance with rent, gas, water, electricity and internet bills.
The new center helped 40 people on Friday. And to date, the city has donated over $ 10 million.
KCERAC, located at 4400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, did not have an appointment until September 17th. However, starting Monday, September 20, the hours are as follows:
- Meetings only on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Residents who need assistance should call 816-513-4501 to make an appointment, and COVID-19 restrictions apply, so participants must wear a mask.
- Identification (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.)
- Proof of residency
- Proof of income (pay stub, W-2 forms, 2020 tax return)
- Documentation of the requirement
Residents will also have the opportunity to learn more about the application process directly.
Three Saturday information sessions are scheduled at Manual Career Technical High School, 1215 E. Truman Rd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
- September 25 – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II will be there to launch the Saturday center from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- October 2
- October 9