Kansas officials continue to work to speed up the distribution of aid money to help people avoid eviction.
More than 40% of the $ 169 million allocated to the state program has been disbursed so far, according to Ryan Vincent, executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation which oversees the aid program.
Kansas, like most states, has failed to meet the federal target of distributing at least 65% of aid money by Nov. 15, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Federal reports show that only 10 states and the District of Columbia have achieved this goal.
But Vincent said Kansas is making steady progress and around 32,000 Kansans have received help so far. The amount of aid the state has distributed has more than doubled since the end of August, when it disbursed just $ 31.9 million, or about 17% of the total.
And Kansas is not at risk of the federal government getting some of the money back because the state had distributed at least 30% of the aid by the November deadline.
Initially, the program had extensive requirements to help prevent fraud, but these rules slowed the distribution of aid. The federal government has since relaxed some of its restrictions.
Vincent said officials were trying to strike a balance between getting help quickly and ensuring applications were properly vetted.
“How do we make sure that we distribute the money to as many people as possible for an emergency program as quickly as possible, but also ensure that we do it in a way that is responsible stewardship of the funds?” federal taxpayers, “he said.