Home Maintenance Assistance Programs
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program
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.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors applications will be accepted staring January 4, 2021.
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:
- 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. Contact Heartland Habitat for Humanity if you are interested in volunteering.
Johnson County Minor Home Rehabilitation 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:
- Exterior painting
- Furnace / central air conditioner
- Handicap accessibility
- 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.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Johnson County Housing Services provides services in line with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Law. The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws. FHEO protects people from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status.
The FHEO website offers topics on Fair Housing Law and the Fair Housing Act, and information for People with Disabilities and on Senior Housing, as well as how to File A Housing Complaint. The FHEO library offers a variety of Fair Housing Publications.
The HUD Home page offers more information for Landlords, Renters, Home Owners, and for Housing Counseling.
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.
Mid-America Regional Council First Suburbs Coalition
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) First Suburbs Coalition provides a number of design resources, pamphlets and resources:
- MARC Idea Book (PDF) (large file - 10.3 megabytes)
- Book sections (for faster downloads)
- Green Idea Book (PDF)
- In 2013, the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages published an idea book (PDF) that focuses on remodeling ideas for universal design. The book offers ways to make your home accessible to people of all ages and abilities, especially older adults.
- Saving Energy, Saving Money
- Financial Resources