Assistance Programs

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The City of Edgerton partners with local, regional, and state agencies to offer assistance to residents in need.

Food 

The Edgerton Food Pantry is open on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. The food pantry is available for every family in the USD 231 school district. Each month families receive two bags of staple items and a third bag with a special meal.

Donations of food can be dropped off in the blue bin at City Hall during normal business hours.

  • Address: 308 E. Hulett St, Edgerton

Grace Cafe is a free buffet-style meal offered by the Edgerton United Methodist Church one Wednesday per month from 5-7 p.m.

  • Address: 300 E. 4th St, Edgerton

Harvester's Mobile Food Pantry takes place twice a month in Gardner. Harvester's allows you to pick up for other families.

  • Address: Tradenet, 1200 Energy Center Drive, Gardner on the third Saturday & Divine Mercy Parish, 555 Main St, Gardner on the fourth Wednesday

The HOPE Market provides nutritious foods and personal hygiene products to families. They are open from 9 a.m. - noon on Saturdays and from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Address: 233 E Main St, Gardner

USD231 Summer Meal Program offers free meals for children ages 1-18 during the summer break. Meals are available for dine-in or take-out. Weekend take-and-make meal kits are also available. For more information, visit the district's website in early June.

Southwest Multi-Service Center

The Southwest Multi-Service Center provides Outreach Services to individuals and families in need living in the Gardner/Edgerton and Spring Hill school districts. They offer medical assistance, utility assistance, accessibility services-including in-home care and home-delivered meals, and catch-a-ride.

Please call 913-715-6653 to make appointments. The Multi-Service Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, 1 - 5 p.m. They are located at 510 W Main St., Suite D, Gardner, KS 66030

Housing Assistance

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation offers programs to help renters and homeowners who are struggling to afford their rent or mortgage.

The Kansas Homeowner Assistance Fund helps qualifying Kansans get current on their mortgages and property taxes and avoid foreclosure. KHAF serves all eligible Kansans who have had difficulty paying their mortgages, property taxes, homeowner association fees, utilities, or internet / broadband payments due to financial hardships during the COVID pandemic.

Other assistance may be available.  Please review the Additional Housing Resources document from the Kansas Housing Corporation.

Utility Assistance Programs

Both Kansas Gas Service and Evergy offer programs to residents who are having trouble paying their gas or electric bills.  The Kansas Corporation Commission also maintains a list of utility and weatherization related assistance programs.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit.  You can contact 1-800-432-0043 with any questions.

The Salvation Army also provides energy assistance through the Share The Warmth program.  Applications are accepted from November 15 to April 30, annually.

Property Tax Relief Programs

The State of Kansas offers two property tax refund programs.

The SAFESR program for low-income seniors. SAFESR is a property tax refund program that is administered under the provisions of the Kansas Homestead Act (property tax refund) by the Kansas Department of Revenue.  You may qualify if you meet the provisions below:

  • Kansas resident throughout the previous tax year,
  • Owned and occupied a home in Kansas during the previous tax year,
  • Aged 65 years or older for all of the last tax year and
  • "Household income" of $20,900 or less in 2021, and
  • House cannot be valued at more than $350,000.

The Homestead Refund is a rebate program for the property taxes paid by homeowners. The refund is based on a portion of the property tax paid on a Kansas resident’s home. The maximum refund is $700.

To qualify you must be a Kansas resident, living in Kansas the entire year. Your total household income must be $37,750 or less.

You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • You were born before Jan. 1, 1967; OR
  • You must have been blind or totally and permanently disabled all of 2022, regardless of your age; OR
  • You must have a dependent child who lived with you the entire year who was born before January 1, 2022, and was under the age of 18 the entire year.
Internet Affordability

The State of Kansas offers the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) for eligible households. You may be eligible for a $30 per month discount off your internet bill. This programs offers a monthly broadband discount of $30 per month and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if the subscriber contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Find out if you're eligible and apply at affordableconnectivity.gov

Other Aid

If you are in need of clothing or home goods, the City of Edgerton has vouchers for Joy Closet in Gardner. You can stop by City Hall to pick up a voucher during normal business hours.