Grants & Assistance Programs

The City has several programs to assist homeowners and renters who live in Roeland Park. A list of these programs, related links and summaries are below.

Block Party Grant

Roeland Park residents may apply for a grant to host a neighborhood block party. Each grant will reimburse eligible expenses up to $100 per event. Neighborhoods may receive the block party grant once per year. For more information, click here.

Maintenance assistance for homeowners

COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROGRAM

The City of Roeland Park and Heartland Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bring neighborhood revitalization to the City through minor exterior home repairs. Projects include:

  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Weatherization
  • Wheelchair ramp installation

Labor is completed by volunteers and homeowners. As a result, individuals and families remain in their homes longer, avoid code violations, and realize energy cost savings and increased home values. 

Homes selected for the program are identified by the City’s Code Enforcement Department. If you are interested in volunteering contact Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

This program provides assistance to qualified Roeland Park resident homeowners for exterior home improvements using volunteers and contract labor. Those who meet income guidelines can get assistance with a variety of exterior home repairs and yard maintenance such as: 

  • repair or replacement of damaged shutters, wood-siding shingles, and guttering;
  • improvements, modification and installation of aids for disabled persons such as ramps and handrails;
  • exterior painting, minor repair of windows, storm doors and garage doors; 
  • yard maintenance, cutting grass, leaf/stick removal;
  • tree, shrub, bush, removal/trimming. 

More info and application can be found here.

Johnson County Minor Home Repair Program

The Minor Home Repair Program goals are to address health and safety concerns, and accessibility for persons with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for repairs that include:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Exterior painting
  • Furnace / central air conditioner
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Roof replacement

These repairs may be provided to remedy a city citation or notification by a city/county code inspector of a deficiency for deteriorating or peeling paint. The City Council elected to double its funding level of this program in 2019 to $9,000 which will help more residents receive help with home repairs.

Home Program

Managed by the Johnson County Department of Human Services, The HOME Program assists eligible Johnson County homeowners with rehabilitation of their homes to bring them into compliance with local housing codes (Housing Quality Standards). 

The HOME Program assists eligible homeowners of Johnson County, Kansas with rehabilitation needs of their owner-occupied homes. The program will bring a home or dwelling into compliance with local housing codes and address health and safety issues.

Assistance is provided as a deferred payment loan (at 0% interest and is forgiven 10% per year for 10 years.) The loan instrument is recorded with the Johnson County Records & Tax Administration. If at any time the property changes ownership, the remaining amount of the loan must be repaid. The City of Roeland Park provides a match for residents to participate in this program. 

housing stability & Support ASSISTANCE FOR residents

ROELAND PARK/HABITAT KC PARTNERSHIP HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

Habitat-KC-Roeland-ParkIn partnership with Habitat for Humanity Kansas City, the City of Roeland Park is offering a first-of-its-kind program dedicating $100,000 of federal grant money over the next two years to assist eligible applicants with down payment assistance for home purchases and interior home repair. City staff worked closely with experts at Habitat to identify these two areas as major barriers to homeownership and home maintenance. For more information and to apply go to Habitat KC's website.

PROPERTY TAX REBATE PROGRAM

The Governing Body adopted the Property Tax Rebate program designed to alleviate some of the burden of home ownership in the face of rising property values. This program will rebate 100% of the City’s portion of property taxes to those meet the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s income guidelines for Johnson County. More information and application can be found here.

Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax program 

In 2023, the Board of County Commissioners authorized $500,000 in funding for Johnson County to provide a pilot program to offer property tax relief for low-income seniors and disabled veterans.

The program provides relief payments of up to $200 to offset the county’s portion of residential property taxes for those who qualify. For more information:  https://www.jocogov.org/department/treasury-taxation-and-vehicles/property-tax/property-tax-relief-programs/johnson-county-senior-and-disabled-veteran-tax-relief .

Utility, Rental & SOcial Service Assistance

Roeland Park residents seeking financial assistance are encouraged to visit My Resource Connection, hosted by Johnson County, Kansas. The assistance that individuals may need are many and varied: Groceries, clothing, housing, health care, counseling, transportation, employment, utility assistance, emotional support, and more. For additional questions, you may also call 913-715-6653.

Additionally, the Johnson County Multi-Service Center helps residents connect to services to those at or below 200% of the poverty level. This includes utility, rental, case management, stabilization assistance and more.

climate and Sustainability initiative Assistance

Compost bin rebate program

The City of Roeland Park is committed to helping residents divert organic materials from landfills and is offering a rebate to residents to begin a home composting program. Eligible residents can get a rebate of up to $75 for the purchase of a home compost bin or by building one. More information can be found here.

"Contain the Rain"

The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program encourages individual homeowners and businesses to make improvements on their properties to improve stormwater quality. Contain the Rain in Johnson County is a reimbursement program for most JOCO residents who install sustainable landscape solutions that reduce stormwater runoff. More information can be found here.

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY AUDIT INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Roeland Park has been, and continues to be, a leader on important actions that promote sustainability and make a real difference in environmental issues. To support our efforts to reduce carbon emissions City-wide, the residential energy audit incentive program will rebate up to $400 of a home energy audit performed by a qualified contractor. 
Click on this link for more information about the program and for application forms.