COVID-19: Helpful Links & Resources

Mar 23, 2020

This list has been compiled and provided by It was last updated on April 6, 2020 at 9:21 a.m.

Food Assistance
Please call 211 for information regarding food pantries open near you and their distribution schedules.

Individuals who have been laid off or those working reduced hours as a result of the COVID-19 may apply for up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits through the state of Kansas. The one-week waiting period to apply for benefits has been waived, however a high volume of new applications may lead to delays. More information.

Small Businesses
Small businesses seeing a sudden fall-off in revenue due to mandated closures or other public health measures may be eligible for emergency small business relief loans intended to provide short-term capital to keep your business operating. More information.

Mortgage Relief
Homeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus should be eligible to have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months, due to a federal government directive. Home-owners are advised to contact their loan servicer to inquire about temporary forbearance on payments.  More information.

Protection from Eviction and Foreclosure 
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed an executive order mandating that financial institutions operating in Kansas to temporarily suspend the initiation of any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings and any commercial or residential eviction efforts until May 1, 2020. More information.

Protection from Utility Disconnection 
The Kansas Corporation Commission has used its emergency powers to issue an order suspending utility disconnects for nonpayment until April 15. The directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities. More information.

Student Loans Relief
Student loans will be exempt from accruing interest for the next 60 days at least. In addition, borrowers may apply for emergency loan forbearance that allows them to temporarily stop making payments for 60 days. You must apply for this, however.  More information.

Tax Deadline Extension
The federal government has extended the deadline for paying federal taxes until July 15, 2020.  More information.

Gov. Kelly signed an executive order extended the Kansas deadline to July 15 to match the federal extension. More information.

Internet Access
Low-income families with children who need internet access for distance learning may be eligible for free/discount service through Cox’s Connect2Compete program, offered through May 15, 2020. More information.

United Way of the Plains 211 
The United Way is accepting donations of materials and money to be shared with vulnerable populations. Learn more by calling 211.  More information.

Food and Meals Assistance
Food pantries and soup kitchens are seeing their hours and means of delivery altered by the coronavirus. The Kansas Food Bank is regularly updating its website with information about what is available, when and where.  More information.

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