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Through the efforts of the City's Housing and Community Development Department and numerous community partners, 100 percent of the $14.8 million dollars in Emergency Relief Act Program round one (ERAP I) funding has been distributed to Kansas City residents in need of rental and utility assistance. Nearly 3,100 households received an average of $4,400 in financial assistance.

"Housing staff and our community assistance partners really worked hard to get this funding to those desperately in need," said Jennifer Tidwell, interim director of the Housing and Community Development Department. "We are committed to getting the next round of ERAP funding into the hands of our clients as quickly as possible."

The City's efforts earned recognition from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, praising Kansas City as an overall leader nationwide for distributing ERAP funds faster than the national average.

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Fund distribution ramped up in mid-September when the city opened its Emergency Rental Assistance Center to help people walk through the process one-on-one. In the six weeks since the center opened, more than 400 people received help, streamlining the application process and getting money out faster to those needing assistance.

The City received an additional $11.7 million in round two (ERAP II) funding and those applicants still awaiting assistance were automatically entered into the system to receive ERAP II funds. Those still needing assistance can make an appointment at the Rental Assistance Center (4400 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) by calling (816) 513-4501. Or can fill out the application directly online: https://gkcassistanceprogram.org/

Track the progress of ERAP fund distribution by visiting the new dashboard, which shows how this emergency funding has helped families in zip codes across the city: https://bit.ly/3oYTuN0

For more information, media can contact John Baccala.

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