In early 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This law created a Homeowner Assistance Fund, a federal program, to give around $10 billion to the states to help households that are behind on their mortgages and other housing expenses due to COVID-19.
Once the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund program gets rolling, homeowners who've experienced a financial hardship because of the pandemic will be able to get a portion of the approximately $56 million allocated to the state by submitting an application. This program will use federal money to help eligible homeowners make mortgage payments and pay other home-related costs, like property taxes, homeowners' insurance, and energy costs.
What Housing Costs Are Covered Under the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund Program
You can use money from the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund program to pay:
a mortgage reinstatement (overdue mortgage payments, including principal, interest, escrowed property taxes, and homeowners' insurance, plus any reasonable fees incurred because of the delinquency)
as many as six months of upcoming mortgage payments (you must qualify for a reinstatement to get future payments)
other property charges, such as past-due property taxes, homeowners' and flood insurance, homeowners' association fees, condominium owners' association fees, cooperative maintenance charges, common charges, and any reasonable fees connected to the delinquency, and
overdue utility bills, including internet, broadband, electricity, gas, home energy, water, and wastewater costs.
You can get up to $35,000 for mortgage reinstatement and mortgage payment assistance, and up to $10,000 for property charges and utilities.
Eligibility Requirements for the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund Program
To qualify for relief from this program, you must have suffered a financial hardship (a material reduction in income or an increase in living expenses) because of the coronavirus pandemic. You also have to meet these guidelines:
The property must be owner-occupied and located in Kansas.
In the meantime, you can take steps to get ready to apply once the program begins. Start organizing the documents you'll need, such as your most recent tax return or two most recent paystubs, photo ID, mortgage statement or property tax statement, and utility statements, and put them in a digital format (like a pdf).
Be wary if you get an unsolicited offer by phone, mail, email, or text message offering mortgage relief or foreclosure rescue services. Scammers are increasingly targeting homeowners who've been affected by COVID-19. Homeowner Assistance Fund programs are free. If anyone asks you to pay a fee to get housing counseling or to receive foreclosure prevention services from this program, it's a scam.
Learn More About the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund Program
If you need help with the application process or have questions about the Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund program, call 855-307-KHAF or email KHAF@kshousingcorp.org. Also, review these homeowner resources.