First Call for Help

607 E 13th St., Hays, KS  67601

Phone: 785-623-2800
Fax: 785-623-4590 

Monday , November , 11 2019
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  • the primary purpose for providing financial assistance is to prevent homelessness and loss of basic utilities for the most vulnerable persons
  • individuals applying for this assistance must be an established resident of Ellis County, KS, meaning the deposits and first month's rent or bill is paid in full
  • individuals applying for this assistance must be experiencing a crisis situation in their household, this could be related to medical, employment, sudden disruption of family, death, or other type crisis
  • assistance can only be provided if there is an eviction or late notice issued
  • amounts awarded are limited and usually are not sufficient to cover the full amount of rent or utility bill--First Call for Help will assist in identifying and/or suggesting other resources that may be available 
  • assistance with utility bills is reserved for those with children 5 or under, elderly, and/or those with medical issues/equipment
  • First Call for Help will require various documents to determine identity, crisis and need in order to use funds in the most appropriate and responsible way
  • initial screening is done by phone and appointments are determined based on the screening
  • depending on availability, appointments are usually scheduled within 24 to 48 hours of screening


Identity Photo ID for applicant, Social Security card for all household members
For all household members receiving income: payroll records/stubs for the previous 60 daysorSocial Security/Disability income letterorstate unemployment award letter, etc. If you do not currently have income you will need to pick up employment search verification forms at First Call for Help prior to your appointment

of need

Documentation to verify your current situation. Examples include: medical bill or doctor restrictions, court paperwork, receipts for repairs, etc

Lease that includes names and address of tenants, landlord contact information, amount of rent, due date. Eviction or late payment notice.

Current bill in the name of the applicant, with current address, due date or notice of intent to shut off

If you do not have the documentation needed, please call us. We have several forms we can provide that can be used with landlords, employers, etc.
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Funded in part by the following: City of Hays United WayECMA