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Kansas officials continue working 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 given out so far, according to Ryan Vincent, executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation that is overseeing the aid program.

Kansas, like most states, fell short of the federal goal of distributing at least 65% of the aid money by November 15th, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Federal reporting shows only 10 states and the District of Columbia met that target.

Vincent said roughly 32,000 Kansans have received help so far.

The amount of money the state handed out has more than doubled since late August when it had given out about 17% of the total.

Vincent said officials are trying to balance getting the aid out quickly against making sure that applications are vetted properly.