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Homeowners Assistance and Housing Programs
Kansas – Making Home Affordable options
Making Home Affordable is a federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations. Under the program there are various options that can help Kansas homeowners in hardship stay in their homes. Depending on the situation Kansas homeowners in hardship can apply to lower their monthly payments, lower the interest rate on their home loan or even get principal reduction in some cases.
There are foreclosure alternatives and temporarily help for unemployed homeowners as well.
Here are some of the most used options under Making Home Affordable Program:
- Lower your monthly mortgage payments with Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)
- Lower your interest rate with Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP)
- Check eligibility for principal reduction with Principal Reduction Alternative SM (PRA)
- Get help if currently unemployed with Home Affordable Unemployment Program (UP)
- Reduce your 2nd mortgage monthly payments with Second Lien Modification Program (2MP)
- Explore your foreclosure alternatives with Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA)
- FHA Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP)
HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved housing counselor can be reached at: 888-995-4673 (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.
Food Assistance Programs, Services, and Organizations in Kansas
Kansas Food Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Stamps Program as it is known by the public, is a federal program that provides government grants to the States for purpose of reducing the hunger and malnutrition in all eligible households across the nation.
It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants. Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents, will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines. In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies. Learn more about SNAP.
In Kansas the SNAP is administered by Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) as The Food Assistance Program. According to the Kansas DCF “The Food Assistance Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It provides crucial support to elderly households, to low-income working households, to other low income households that include the unemployed or disabled and to households transitioning from welfare to work.”
Who May be Eligible for Food Assistance in Kansas?
The eligibility rules and benefit amounts in Kansas, like in other States, are based on limited income, limited liquid resources, household size, and other requirements. Most eligibility rules are determined by regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service.
The federal law allows States some flexibility when implementing SNAP on a State level. State agencies can adapt some of the food assistance program rules in order to meet the needs of eligible, low‐income local population.
Kansas Food Assistance Program is designed for individuals and families who work or are unemployed, have limited income resources, compose a household, and purchase and prepare their meals together for home consumption.
To be eligible for Kansas Food Assistance Benefits, first you have to meet following basic program requirements:
- Kansas Resident – must be U.S. Citizen or a legal resident with SNAP eligible non-citizen status;
- Limited Resources – have countable household assets limited to $2,250 or less ($3,250 or less for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age or older);
- Work Requirement – unless exempted, all able-bodied household members between 16 and 60 must work or be registered to work, participate in a State approved employment and training program;
- Income Limits – Income limits eligibility depends on the household size and composition. Households with no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both gross and net income limits. Households with elderly (60 years of age or older) or disabled individuals must meet only the net income limits. Gross income includes wages, salaries, commissions, dividends, child support, self-employment income, unemployment compensation, social security benefits etc. See the table with Kansas Food Assistance income limits per household size below.
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Source: USDA, SNAP Income Eligibility Standards
Some Kansas residents may be automatically or so called categorically eligible for Food Assistance Benefits if they already participate in other means tested assistance programs. Getting benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal block grant or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can make the applicant for Food Assistance categorically eligible, thus bypassing the income eligibility and asset eligibility rules. Under the federal SNAP regulations, States do have to assign a gross income limit of 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) or less in order to use any TANF-funded benefit that can make Food Assistance applicants eligible.
Quick Eligibility Check
Use this Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool to find out if you might be eligible to get Kansas Food Assistance Benefits (Food Stamps). The Screening allows interested in getting Kansas food stamps to provide some basic information and determine if they are potentially eligible for benefits.
Although you will be notified immediately if you qualify after completing the questionnaire you still have to make an application at your local Kansas DCF Office.
There are federal and state specific requirements for different situations that must be met in order to get Food Assistance Benefits in Kansas.
What are the Kansas Food Assistance Benefits?
If approved, the Kansas Food Stamp Benefit amounts depend on the household size and the amount of the their net income. USDA has maximum food stamp benefit limits per month per household. Check below what are the maximum food assistance monetary amounts. The dollar amounts of the food assistance benefits are called allotments.
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Source: USDA, SNAP Maximum Allotments
How to Apply for Food Assistance in Kansas?
You may apply for food assistance in the county in which you and your household is located. Applications for Food Assistance Benefits are available at the local DCF Service Centers.
Kansas Food Assistance applications can be requested by calling 1-888-369-4777. Online application for Kansas Food Assistance Program can be made at DCF website.
You can go into the local DCF Service Center and complete the application while you are there. If you do not have all the information complete as much as you can including your name, social security number, what you are applying for, and sign it. The DCF has to accept the application with the current date. You can provide the rest of the information later at the interview. Once you have filed the application, you will be given or mailed an appointment for an interview with a DCF worker.
Kansas Food Assistance Approval, Rules, Proofs Required
The DCF Office has to interview you and verify provided information before determining if the household is eligible for Food Assistance Benefits.
Kansas Department for Children and Families lists examples of information needed at the interview:
- ID such as birth certificate or driver’s license
- non-citizen documents if not U.S. Citizen
- social security numbers for everyone in the household;
- proof of earned and unearned income;
- proof of limited resources (bank checking and saving accounts)
To get you net income deductions for things like housing costs, child support payments, child-care costs, or monthly medical expenses over $35 for elderly or disabled people may be allowed.
The law limits the Food Assistance Benefits to 3 months in a 3-year period for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-50 without dependents, who are not working or participating in a work program for at least 20 hours each week.
Food Assistance recipients in Kansas can be exempted from this provision if they are:
- Under 18 or 50 years of age or older;
- Responsible for the care of a child or incapacitated household member;
- Medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment or pregnant;
- Student at least half-time in a recognized school, training program, or institution of higher education;
- Participating and complying with work and registration requirement of the Employment and Training Program
- Participating in an alcohol or drug treatment program.
Applicants for Food Assistance in Kansas should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local DCF Office.
Households getting food stamps benefits must report any changes of their household situation in a 6-months period in order to assure their participation in the Food Assistance Program.
Approved! When and How Do I Get the Food Assistance Benefits?
Approved Food Assistance applicants get an Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) card – Kansas Vision card. The EBT card can be used like a debit card at any Kansas food stamps approved grocery stores and farmers markets. Food assistance benefits are deposited into an EBT account of the beneficiary each month following the Benefit Issuance Schedule.
Benefits are made available over the first 10 calendar days of every month, based on the first letter of the client’s last name:
First Letter of the Last Name is: A or B = benefits available on the 1st
First Letter of the Last Name is: C or D = benefits available on the 2nd
First Letter of the Last Name is: E, F, or G = benefits available on the 3rd
First Letter of the Last Name is: H, I, or J = benefits available on the 4th
First Letter of the Last Name is: K or L = benefits available on the 5th
First Letter of the Last Name is: M = benefits available on the 6th
First Letter of the Last Name is: N, O, P, Q, or R = benefits available on the 7th
First Letter of the Last Name is: S = benefits available on the 8th
First Letter of the Last Name is: T, U, or V = benefits available on the 9th
First Letter of the Last Name is: W, X, Y, or Z = benefits available on the 10th
If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Kansas EBT Customer Service: 1-800-997-6666
How and Where to Use the Food Stamp Benefits?
Households and individuals get Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to use their food assistance benefits at any Kansas grocery store and farmers’ market that are authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food Assistance Benefits can only be used to purchase eligible food items at Food Stamp stores in State of Kansas. Eligible food items are any food to be eaten at home by people, including baby food, non-alcoholic beverages, and seasonings. Seeds and plants to grow food for your own family’s consumption are also allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits. You cannot buy non-grocery items with food stamp benefits, such as cleaning products, pet food, paper products, alcohol, or tobacco.
I Need SNAP Assistance Now. It is an Emergency!
Some households may get Expedited Services – that is getting Food Assistance Benefits within 7 calendar days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources (cash, checking or savings accounts) of $100 or less; or your rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources; or a member of your household is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. Call 1-888-369-4777 for more information on Kansas Food Assistance Program.