COVID-19

With the “stay home” order issued by the Kansas Governor March 30, Ballard Center will continue to follow the lead of our local health and state officials. With that said, Ballard will extend its closure until further notice. Childcare at Ballard will remain closed until further notice. We do understand this creates very difficult circumstances for families, but it is necessary at this time.

As a result, Ballard Center has to change the way it operates in order to continue serving families in need in our community. Our services and how we can provide them changes often. We will continue to update this page with crucial information, services, and even how you can help us.

Local Resources

This web page has all the information regarding Douglas County’s response to coronavirus. It has state-wide and local statistics, educational videos, how to find help, and much more!

Can your utilities be shut off?

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order on March 17 stating that all Kansas utility providers not under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Corporation Commission temporarily suspend the practice of disconnecting serve to Kansas citizens for nonpayment. 

This covers all electrical, natural gas, water, and telecommunications utilities as well as internet service providers. 

This will be enforced until May 1. 

Evergy recently announced they will suspend disconnections and waive fees to assist customers during the coronavirus pandemic through June 1, 2020. Customers who have been previously disconnected may reestablish service by paying one-twelfth of their balance to set up a payment arrangement. 

What about rent? 

On March 23, Kelly signed an executive order temporarily prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions. It has recently been extended and will remain in effect through May 31, 2020.

A “financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic” occurs when (1) an individual or family suffers a significant loss of income, a significant increase in necessary expenses, or inability to work as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19, and (2) the individual’s or family’s financial resources are depleted to the extent that making mortgage or rent payments would leave them unable to purchase food, medicine, or other goods, supplies, or services necessary to their health and safety. 

This order does not prohibit the continuation of any foreclosure or eviction proceedings filed before March 23. 

No landlords shall evict a residential tenant when all defaults or violations of the rental agreement are caused by financial hardship resulting from the COVID-10 pandemic. 

This order does not relieve mortgage borrowers or tenants who have not suffered a financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic from the obligation to comply with a mortgage or rental agreements or to continue making required mortgage or rent payments. 

In other words, if you are able, you MUST continue to pay rent! It’s not a free-for-all. 

This order does not prevent foreclosures or evictions for mortgage or rental defaults or violations not due to financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Landlords are encouraged to negotiate payment plans or other agreements to allow renters to address any defaults, missed payments, or late fees substantially caused by a financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.