Community Services Resources

Confronting coronavirus as a community

In times of crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak, it's vital that everyone -- individuals and organizations -- work together to help and protect each other. 

The City of Lenexa is dedicated to supporting our community through important services like public safety, infrastructure management and other key functions during this time.

Other critical community needs like physical and mental health, utility regulation and financial assistance services are provided by our partners in the public and nonprofit sectors, including Johnson County, the State of Kansas and charitable organizations. 

The helpful resources below can help navigate the day-to-day impacts of COVID-19 and the public health measures being taken to limit its spread.

Community Resource Guide

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United Way
For those needing immediate connection to a one-stop resource for community relief – food, financial help, utility assistance, tax services and more – the local United Way of Greater Kansas City can help connect you to more than 8,000 programs run by nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the service area. They are available 24/7 to take your call. For assistance, visit or dial 211. 

Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Governor Kelly and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation announced $200 million in statewide rental assistance. The initiative, funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, provides the state of Kansas with $200 million to support housing stability and prevent evictions and homelessness.

Kansans living outside the Wichita city limits may apply through the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program administered by KHRC. The online KERA application will open on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance for Johnson County Families

Need help paying past-due rent, mortgage and utility bills? United Way has partnered with local human service providers to help Johnson County residents who, without the assistance, would be at risk of losing their housing. Households may receive up to $5,000 in assistance to help with these needs. Funds are paid directly to landlords, mortgage companies and utility providers. Assistance is available to households experiencing financial hardship and whose annual income does not exceed $73,417.

An online application form has been established for households seeking assistance. 

Applicants will be contacted by a caseworker at one of four Johnson County programs including Johnson County Human Services multiservice centers, The Salvation Army, El Centro, Jewish Family Services and The Salvation Army. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of income, Identification and documentation of the financial need, such as a utility bill, mortgage statement or landlord letter.

For other health and human service needs, Johnson County residents may call United Way 211, by dialing 2-1-1 or 816.474.5112 or toll free at 866.320.5764.
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Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
A coalition of charitable, business and government partners has joined together to create the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to address the needs of the Kansas City region's most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment benefits
Actions at the state and federal level to relieve the financial impacts of the coronavirus outbreak have enhanced unemployment benefits, including waiving waiting requirements, expanding unemployment insurance to include more workers and increasing weekly benefits. The Kansas Department of Labor manages unemployment requests and questions. For more information, go to or call 931.596.3500.

Finding food
Harvesters offers a webpage that identifies food pantries in your area. Some food pantries are closing due to COVID-19 concerns, so check with the pantry to see if they are open before visiting. Find food assistance

Mental health services
Many are feeling an elevated sense of anxiety during this time of crisis and uncertainty. The Johnson County Mental Health Center is providing many resources for residents who need support during this difficult time. Those experiencing a mental health crisis should contact their 24/7 crisis line at 913.268.0156. To seek other mental health services, call 913.826.4200.

Driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order that extends deadlines for driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations. All driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations must be completed within 60 days of the expiration of this order. Learn more

KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
In a regional effort to support small businesses, the KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund is a new community-backed fund intended to provide immediate relief to local, small businesses experiencing financial strain as a result of necessary public health measures. Applications are available now.

Johnson County assistance
Are you struggling to pay utility bills? Johnson County Human Services’ Multi-Service Centers provide qualifying residents with utility assistance, food pantry, Kansas City Medicine Cabinet vouchers, referrals and resources. Johnson County Human Services operates four Multi-Service Centers located in Gardner, Lenexa, Mission and Olathe. To qualify for services, residents must reside in Johnson County, be at or below 200% of poverty, provide income verification, photo identification and a utility bill in their name showing recent payments. Residents who may not typically qualify for assistance may qualify now if there was a job loss or furlough. Income verification is needed for the previous 30 days. Appointments are required to receive services. To schedule an appointment please call 913.715.6653.