Many residents have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several service providers are offering payment plans, and suspending disconnects and late fees.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
This program provides financial assistance and housing stability services to Eastern Jackson County families struggling financially. Households facing imminent eviction would receive priority assistance. Eligible households include renters who demonstrate a risk of experiencing housing instability, have seen their income reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and earn a household income at or below 80% of the county median income. Once approved, eligible individuals may receive up to 12 months of assistance. Rental and utility assistance payments are made directly to the landlord or utility provider on behalf of the tenant. Learn more.
- Evergy's COVID-19 Response.
- Limited-time payment options. Customer service is available to help walk through payment plans (even for those on plans currently).
- Suspended late payment fees until May 3 (residential and small-business customers).
- Reduced payments for reconnecting service with no security deposit. Customers disconnected for nonpayment, only need to pay 1/12 of their balance.
Mid America Assistance Coalition
The MAAC Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households meet their immediate energy needs in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.
CDC Eviction Moratorium
The eviction moratorium has been extended until June 30, 2021. The moratorium halts evictions for those who are unable to pay rent. Under the moratorium, renters making $99,000 or less per year, or $198,000 for couples filing jointly, are protected from eviction. However, the order doesn’t relieve renters of their payment obligation. Learn more about this executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Acting Secretary of Education has extended the pause on federal student loan payments and collections and will keep the interest rate at 0%.
Lee's Summit Social Services
- Food assistance
- Toiletry items
- Baby formula/food
- Utility bills
Referrals to other agencies as needed. 816.525.4357
Harvesters is updating their food assistance webpage daily with meals, food distributions and food pantry closings
Community Services League
The Community Services League provides various food assistance locations throughout its service areas. 816.254.4100
United Way 211
Visit the United Way for support with food, child care, job loss, home learning and more. These resources are updated daily.
Mental Health Resources
It is not uncommon to experience increased stress, anxiety and fear during this pandemic. The following mental health resources are available.