Kansas Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Revoked

If you’ve been floating by not paying your rent due to the eviction moratorium in Kansas, your housing days are over.  Today, the Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council voted 6-2 to provide a short-term extension of the COVID-19 statewide disaster emergency to June 15th. However, they revoked the portion of the executive order placing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

“The Governor strongly disagrees with the LCC’s decision to revoke her evictions and foreclosure moratorium,” said Reeves Oyster, spokesperson for Ks. Gov. Laura Kelly.  “As we finally start to recover from this global pandemic, now is not the time to kick people out of their homes. Governor Kelly will continue to focus on doing what’s right – and not what’s politically convenient.”

During the meeting, Republican leaders from both chambers indicated a desire for an exit strategy to wind down the statewide emergency declaration as soon as possible. The short-term extension is intended to provide the governor the opportunity to implement the state’s exit strategy. 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to make sure you apply for assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program funded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.  The program provided $200 million in rental assistance for Kansas residents. 

The program can pay up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance.  To apply, go to https://kshousingcorp.org/emergency-rental-assistance/.  In Wichita, applications are being accepted through the City of Wichita Housing Department at https://www.wichita.gov/Housing/Pages/WERAP.aspx.   

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