Kansas issues relief for people providing essential services

The Kelly administration announced a $36 million relief fund April 17 to help sustain child-care providers and provide options for first responders, health workers and other people engaged in essential business activities during the pandemic.

The federally funded initiative broadened eligibility for subsidies for families through the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

“During a time when these everyday heroes are working long hours, we hope this program helps relieve some of the financial burden they’re experiencing,” said Laura Howard, secretary at DCF. “It’s our duty to support families during this uncertain time so we encourage families to apply.”

On Monday, April 20, DCF will begin taking applications from health care workers, including registered nurses and health support staff at hospitals and laboratories; first responders in law enforcement, fire and rescue and other public safety occupations; food and agriculture workers; Kansas National Guard personnel; certain judicial branch staff; and child and adult protective service specialists.

Families must have a gross income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level to qualify. That would be equal to a monthly income of $5,458 for an average family of four. For more information and application instructions, visit KSHeroRelief.com.

The Hero Relief Program also provides support to child care providers by providing stipends and grants during the pandemic.

Posted: April 19, 2020