Atchison VITA Opportunity

February 8, 2022

The Atchison Catholic Charities will have 4 days this year
that they are doing VITA returns in the Atchison area.
Please call them to schedule your free tax return preparation.
913-367-5070

Commodity Distribution

COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION
NORTH BROWN COUNTY
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Commodities for North Brown County will be distributed from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Eternal Hope Family Life Center, 424 Oregon St., in Hiawatha.

Distribution for Brown County residents is first-come, first-served and income based.

Masks and social distancing required. Please enter the building and sign-in.
Thanks to everyone for their patience.

For more information, call 785-740-9001.

Kansas Relay Center

January 31, 2022

Kansas Relay is a public service which guarantees all citizens access to prompt, professional and accurate communication through the telephone.  Consumers of these specialized services, specifically individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, can communicate on the telephone via TTY, Voice Carry Over, Hearing Carry Over, Speech-to-Speech, Spanish Relay and Captioned Telephone in order to connect with fa ily, friends or businesses with ease.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Kansas Relay Center 711

TAX TIME!

January 4, 2022

The VITA program is back again this year from February 16th through April 6th, 2022.  So call 785-742-7152 today to make your appointment.

click here for more info

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA )

January 3, 2022
As many of you know, Kansas was awarded millions of dollars in emergency rental assistance funding. Most of that funding has been allocated to the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). To date, KHRC has paid out over $73 million in emergency rental assistance through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program, but there are still millions of dollars left that can be used to stop people from being evicted.

Since the CDC eviction moratorium was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, evictions for nonpayment of rent have returned in full force. But, we can help tenants remain in their homes, and help landlords get compensated, by letting people know about the KERA program.

Here is what KERA can cover:
  • Up to 15 months of current and past due household rent.
  • Up to three months of prospective household rent at a time, even if the household does not have rental arrears.
  • Past due residential utility or home energy expenses for tenants (electric, as, water, sewer, and trash services), even if the household does not have rental arrears.
  • Past due or prospective internet expenses for tenants, paid in one lump sum of $750, provided the tenant household is also eligible to receive assistance for past-due rental or utility bills.
  • Additional fees associated with past-due rent or utility bills may be covered, including: reasonable late fees, rental security deposits, application or screening fees, pet fees, utility fees, parking fees, garage fees, and/or legal fees.
Originally, KHRC required tenants to provide documentation of a COVID-19 hardship, that they were experiencing a risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that their income qualified for the program. But, with the latest round of funding, KHRC can now accept signed, self-attestations from tenants. However, Tenants will still need to provide documentation that they are a renter and proof of their identity.

Attached are KHRC’s KERA program guidelines, program FAQs, the income limits by county, tenant flyer, and landlord flyer.  You can also find these documents, and others, on the KHRC website at https://kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-assistance/, in English, Spanish, Dari, and Pashto.

KERA Income Limits

Tenant Flyer – English

Landlord Flyer – English

KERA Program FAQs – English

Commodity Distribution

November 30, 2021
COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION NORTH BROWN COUNTY
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Commodities for North Brown County will be distributed from 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 23rd, at Eternal Hope Family Life
Center, 424 Oregon St., in Hiawatha.
Distribution for Brown County residents is first-come, first-served and
income based.
Masks and social distancing required. Please enter the building and
sign-in. Thanks to everyone for their patience.
For more information, call 740-9001. Please note the day for distribution
this month is Thursday due to the Christmas holiday.

Broadband Survey

KANSAS BROADBAND STUDY

Introduction & Consent

The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas is conducting a study on broadband access and affordability in Kansas. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of internet access for schools, households, health care, and the economy. Researchers at the University of Kansas are assessing the availability and quality of internet connections across the state.

Put your cursor on the blue line below and press control + Click to take the survey.

Broadband Study | Institute for Policy & Social Research (ku.edu)

Give to Grow Challenge

November 23, 2021

https://www.sabethafoundation.org/index.cfm

The Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging would like to invite you to check out the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation (GSCF) Give to Grow Challenge Event the week of November 26 – November 30, 2021.  

There are so many worthy causes to choose from but we hope you will consider a donation to the Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging fund where we strive to assist older persons in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities as long as possible.  

Click on the above link, go to DONATE, and pick the fund(s) you wish to donate to.

Medicare Part D Comparisons

November 16, 2021

Due to the overwhelming response we have had, NEKAAA will not be taking any NEW Plan D comparisons.

If you have already received paperwork from NEKAAA, please complete it and get it back to us as soon as possible.

If you are still needing to do a Medicare Part D comparison, please contact:

ATCHISON COUNTY:  Dawn Harley: 625 Commercial Suite 8, Atchison.  785-456-9915 press 1 then 125.

JACKSON COUNTY: Jeannie Combs @ 785-966-8344

NEMAHA COUNTY: Nemaha Valley Community Hospital – Kiley Ford @ 785-336-6181

MARSHALL COUNTY: RSVP @ 785-562-2154

or

MEDICARE @ 1-800-633-4227