RENTAL ASSISTANCE PORTAL
RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
Clay County received $3.6 million in funding from the Federal Government as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act or second stimulus for an Emergence Rental Assistance Program. Clay County was a direct recipient due to having over 200,000 residents. The County’s portion of funds is for tenants needing rental and/or utility assistance in areas OUTSIDE of Kansas City, MO. Payments go to landlords and utility providers in order to make past due bills whole and potentially cover future needs.
Click the button below to begin the assistance process:
Since there can be no overlapping jurisdictions or duplication of benefits, Kansas City, MO will be administering its own funds for Clay County residents also living in Kansas City, MO. To visit the Kansas City assistance webpage, click here. If you live outside Clay in Platte, Ray, or Clinton counties, the State is providing assistance here.
LANDLORD REFERRAL FORM
As a housing provider, you play an important role in helping administrators of Clay County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) reach tenants in need of assistance. By completing this referral form, you can identify tenants in your rental property who need assistance and connect United Way to those tenants so that they may complete an ERAP Referral Form. Please note that completing the referral form alone is not sufficient. You must contact your tenant(s) to provide them the tenant application link. In addition, you must provide supporting documents and complete a landlord agreement.
Those seeking assistance must meet the following income and eligibility requirements. An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household where one or more individuals:
- has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income or has incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability including:
- a past due utility
- rent or eviction notice
- any other evidence of such risk
- has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI)
Eligible applicants must also demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (past due rent, eviction notices), if any, as part of the application process. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months assistance. Per Federal guidance, the County’s nonprofit partners prioritize those applications under 50% of area median income and unemployed for at least 90 days
Emergency assistance funding can be used for:
- Current and past due rent
- Current and past due utility bills
Local Assistance & PARTNERS
Call United Way at 2-1-1 or 816-474-5111 to be directed to the following agencies for any further assistance:
Community Action Agency (https://caagkc.org/)