Emergency Assistance

United Way of Wyandotte County administers many emergency assistance programs that support Wyandotte County residents in times of emergency.

Hardship Assistance Program

In August 2013, BPU designated money to assist Wyandotte County residents with payment of their BPU bill through the Hardship Assistance Program. United Way only administers the program. BPU sets the requirements and credits the accounts.

For more information on the Hardship Assistance Program call (913) 371-6772.

Temporary Labor Assistance

This fund provides emergency assistance to families of organized labor members. Assistance covers: emergency food, rent/mortgage, and utility services (limited to: gas, electric, water or fuel derivatives used to heat or cool a dwelling; telephone and cable services or other services not mentioned heretofore are not included), funeral expenses and medical expenses. Non-food assistance will be capped at a set amount, with the understanding that this amount may be increased should unforeseen circumstances emerge and it is pre-approved by the UWWC President/CEO.

For more information email Todd Jordan at tjordan@unitedway-wyco.org or call (913) 371-3674, ext. 1322.

Utility Assistance

Each year, BPU employees make donations and BPU matches the donations $1 for $1. The total matched amount is used for the Utility Assistance Program (UAP).

Money is allocated to eight different agencies that administer UAP. Agencies distributing funds include: 

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc.

Economic Opportunity Foundation, Inc.

El Centro, Inc.

Metro Lutheran Ministries

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation

Salvation Army KCK Citadel and Harbor Light Village

Vaughn-Trent Community Services

EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program)

EFSP is funded by restricted grant dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) with United Way Worldwide acting as the fiscal agent. United Way of Wyandotte County serves as the chair of the local board which distributes funds to different agencies to support: mass feeding operations, food pantries, temporary living shelters and rent/mortgage assistance. Agencies distributing funds include: 

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc.

Economic Opportunity Foundation, Inc.

Friends of Yates, Inc.

Metro Lutheran Ministries

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation

Salvation Army KCK Citadel and Harbor Light Village

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