United Way of Wyandotte County

Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance
United Way of Wyandotte County administers emergency assistance programs that support Wyandotte County residents in times of crisis.

BPU Hardship Assistance
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has partnered with United Way to assist Wyandotte County residents with payment of their BPU bill through the Hardship Assistance Program. Assistance is available for BPU customers that have received BPU services for at least six months and can demonstrate that they are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship. BPU customers must provide documentation of their hardship, a copy of their state issued ID, and the most recent copy of their BPU bill. Customers are eligible for assistance once every twelve months. For more information about the BPU Hardship Assistance program please call (913) 371-6772.

Temporary Assistance for Labor Families
United Way of Wyandotte County administers the Temporary Assistance for Labor Families program. A partnership with the Tri-County Labor Council of Eastern Kansas, the program provides emergency assistance to families of organized labor members. The program assists with emergency food, rent/mortgage, eligible utility services, funeral expenses, and medical expenses. Assistance is capped and limited by availability. Eligible labor families may receive assistance from this fund once every twelve months. For more information, please call (913) 371-3674, ext. 1322.

Utility Assistance
The Utility Assistance program is generously funded by the Board of Public Utilities and its employees. Each year, BPU employees make donations to the fund, which BPU matches $1 for $1. United Way of Wyandotte County administers the funds to support utility assistance programming for BPU customers at human service agencies throughout Wyandotte County.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The federal Emergency Food and Shelter program (EFSP) supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations, both non-profit and governmental, to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families who have economic emergencies. United Way of Wyandotte County acts as the local fiscal agent for the EFSP, which includes leading the local EFSP board and administering funding to local human service agencies. Funding in Wyandotte County includes support for mass feeding operations, food pantries, temporarily living shelters and rent/mortgage assistance.

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