Community Assistance
    Community Assistance

    From time to time, we understand our citizens may need assistance. Listed below are community assistance resources that may be helpful in times of need.


    Free tax preparation available starting January 26/ Prepararacion de Impuestos Gratis
    Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is again partnering with the KC CASH Coalition to house a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. VITA sites provide safe, accessible locations for taxpayers to get assistance in preparing their state and federal income tax returns. There is no charge to have returns completed and e-filed. For further information, contact Valeria Edwards at the Johnson County Extension office at (913) 715-7000.

    Consumer Credit Counseling
    Provides free financial crisis services, including debt management, budgeting, consumer financing education and intelligent use of credit. For more information contact Apprisen at (816) 753-0535.
      Rebates
        Low Income Rebates
        Shawnee residents that have a "Very Low Income", as defined and set by the U.S. Department of Urban Housing Development (HUD) guidelines for the Johnson County Area Median Family Income, are eligible for a rebate of franchise fees paid on residential electricity and/or gas bills and the Stormwater Utility Fee paid on residential property as shown on the annual property tax bill paid to the County.

        Senior Citizen Rebates
        The City of Shawnee offers refunds to senior citizens on the franchise tax charged on residential telephone bills. Each year the rebate is granted for the previous year's telephone franchise fee.

      Grants

        Downtown Partnership Grant Program
        Downtown commercial property owners undertaking exterior improvements may be eligible for a grant for $2,000-$5,000. A grant will be awarded as reimbursement for actual costs for architectural services and/or construction costs or material for exterior remodeling or new construction. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: facade restoration, window/door repair or replacement, masonry, awnings, signage, exterior lighting, painting, and landscaping. New construction is also eligible.

      Loans
        Downtown Partnership Improvement Loan Program
        Downtown residential and commercial property owners may receive loans for between $5,000 and $50,000 through a local participating bank for the renovation and updating of facades and other building improvements. The Downtown Improvement Loan interest rate will be 1.5% below the rate normally offered by the lending institution. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: facade restoration, window/door repair or replacement, masonry, awnings, signage, exterior lighting, painting, building additions, new roof and landscaping.
        AARP Reverse Mortgage
        Available to men/women over 62 whose homes are paid-in-full. The resident can take a loan against the house, and when they can no longer stay in the home, the bank will sell the house and take the amount of the loan out of the sale price. Visit AARP for more information or call (202) 434-6044 to speak to a representative.

        MARC Home Remodeling Loan Program with Community America Credit Union
        Offers low-interest home improvement loans to residents whose homes are appraised by the county for less than $250,000. For more information call (913) 905-6629 or visit MARC website.

      Johnson County Emergency Assistance
      Offers one-time only emergency assistance for delinquent rent/mortgage payments for income eligible persons or shop at the food pantry. Contact (913) 715-8800 or visit Johnson County Human Services for further assistance.

      Johnson County Housing Services
      Offers three programs for income eligible homeowners, call (913) 715-6600 for more information about the programs.
        HOME Program
        Provides a combination loans/grant for major home repair.

        Minor Home Repair Program
        Offers minor home repair services to homeowners and accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities.

        Weatherization Program
        Offers weatherization improvements for home owners.

      Johnson County Utility Assistance Program
      The Homeownership Preservation Foundation offers assistance to those who are past due on a bill or have received a disconnect notice.

      Foreclosure Help
      Provides free counseling to people facing foreclosure. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-888-995-HOPE (4673).

      Prescription Assistance Program
      For anyone who may not currently have prescription health care benefits or someone who has insurance but the drug they need is not covered/formulary. This free statewide program allows people to still get the medicine they need but at a reduced cost (average savings is 35% off). Visit Kansas Drug Card to create and print your free card.

      Home Improvement Assistance
      Rebuilding Together Shawnee is dedicated to helping elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners in need. From housing maintenance to repairs and rehabilitation projects, the organization aims to help Shawnee homeowners live safely and independently. Rebuilding Together Shawnee is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest nonprofit low income home repair organization comprised of 225 affiliates nationwide working to preserve homeownership and neighborhoods by providing rehabilitation services free of charge to those in need. Visit their website or contact the Shawnee office at (913) 248-2802.

      Community Food Pantry
      Shawnee Community Services (SCS) reaches out to individuals in need of help. Their services range from a food pantry, Heartland Share (a national volunteer/food co-op program), cash assistance for utilities and prescriptions, community services for schools and corrections and serving as a body of knowledge for those needing an advocate. For more information about food needs, call (913) 268-7746.

      Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
      This program is an income-based program to help eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
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