Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA)


Who is eligible? 

Applicants who meet all of the following criteria may qualify for KERA assistance: 

  • Tenant rents their home. 
  • Tenant’s 2020 household income did not exceed 80 percent of their area’s median income. 
  • At least one member of the tenant household is experiencing documented financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. Hardship may include loss of employment, reduction in household income, or significant COVID-related expenses (medical bills, personal protective equipment, child care costs, equipment or Internet costs to enable online work/schooling, etc.). 
  • At least one member of the tenant household is uncertain where they will stay or may become homeless without housing assistance. 
  • Tenant can provide valid proof of identification. 

What does assistance cover? 

  • Up to 12 months of residential rent and rental arrears. 
  • Up to three months of prospective rent at a time, even if the household does not have rental arrears.
  • Past due residential utility and home energy (electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash service) and internet costs.

Note: All expenses must have been billed or charged April 1, 2020 or later. 

How to apply? 

Both landlord and tenant must apply via a joint online application process. 

  1. Landlord completes online certification. 
  2. Tenant submits online application. 
  3. Landlord and tenant are notified when application is processed. 
  4. If approved, landlord and/or service provider(s) receive funds directly from KHRC. 
  5. Landlord and/or service provider(s) applies assistance to tenant account. 

More Information and To Apply:

KERA Program Information (KHRC Website)

KERA Online Application (KHRC Website)

What is NEK-CAP, Inc's role in the KERA program?

NEK-CAP, Inc. is a community partner offering assistance to those needing help completing or submitting their KERA applications.

Who do I contact for assistance with completing or submitting the KERA online application?

Service Area:  Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie and Washington Counties
NEK-CAP, Inc. Staff:  Kori Anderson 
Phone:  (785) 851-0707

Service Area:  Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jefferson and Leavenworth Counties
NEK-CAP, Inc. Staff:  Megan Peltzer
Phone:  (913) 370-2478

Service Area:  Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Republic, Riley and Smith Counties
NEK-CAP, Inc. Staff:  Kaydee Tran
Phone:  (785) 547-7136