El Centro, Inc.

NeighborWorks’ HomeOwnershipCenter
A one-stop shop for homeownership. Learn all you need to know about the home-buying process through classes offered in Spanish and English. Meet one-on-one with a counselor to review your credit, find a loan that’s right for you and close on the home of your dreams.

Asset Development
Instruction and individual counseling on credit and financial issues increases financial literacy by providing consumers with life-long money management skills. Programs include Individual Development Accounts, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) application, and Volunteer Individual Tax Assistance Sites (VITA) during tax season for qualified individuals.

Administration Center and Home Ownership Center
650 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Hillcrest Ministries

Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers displaced families a disciplined educational program within a caring Christian environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is immediate or emergency care, Hillcrest’s objective is to move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total live situation of the homeless families they serve.

In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey program guidelines and attend volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc.

Eastern Jackson County
401 North Spring
PO Box 408
Independence, MO 64051

Clay County
216 S. Jewell Street
PO Box 17
Liberty, MO 64069

Platte County
5611 N. Northwood, #2
Kansas City, MO 64151

Wyandotte County
PO Box 171443
Kansas City, KS 66117

Salvation Army

Shelters and Transitional Housing

Linwood Center
Supportive Housing
101 W. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Provides up to 24 months of shelter, comprehensive case management and follow-up services for homeless families and women. The program offers individualized action plans that promote goal attainment, leading to an increased self-sufficiency,improved independent living skills and an increased ability to secure and maintain permanent housing.

Access House
101 W. Linwood
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
This supportive housing project is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Behavioral Health Network-Homeless Support Project. The program provides safe housing with supportive services to seriously mentally ill homeless adults with the goal of transitioning them into permanent or supportive housing. Instruction on daily living skills,employment training and other counseling/services are designed to help the process be successful and decrease the likelihood of further incidents of homelessness and/or psychiatric hospitalization.

Crossroads Shelter
14704 E. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO. 64051
This 50 bed shelter is the only one of its kind in Eastern Jackson County and is open to individuals and families 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Residents are allowed up to a 60 day stay in which, they also have the opportunity to take life skills classes and participate in a required support group. Crossroads also offers an outreach program for low income and near homeless individuals and families.

Johnson County Family Lodge
402 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, Kansas 66061
The only shelter of its kind in Johnson County, this new 44-bed facility offers programming in life skills while the residents work to become independent. Transitional housing,which includes scattered and on-site units, is also offered to residents from the shelter as a long term housing option.

Virgina Harding Center for Homeless Services
Harbor Light Village
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
This facility, which opened in early 2008, is a 16 bed emergency facility to accommodate families and single women in need of shelter. It features a child’s play therapy room and an out-patient counseling center for those with addiction issues. As an extension of its homeless services, The Salvation Army also operates a transitional living program which can accommodate individuals and families for up to two years. Harbor Light Village also features a transitional living facility for homeless veterans dealing with addiction issues.

Northland Family Shelter
5935 N.W. Bell Rd.
Parkville, MO
The only shelter of its kind in the Northland, this new facility accepted its first residents in August, 2005. It can accommodate 30 women and families at one time and expects to fill an immediate need in the area. In addition to shelter, residents are provided case management to assist in identifying solutions to problems that contributed to their homelessness as well as, assistance in securing more permanent residence.

Section 8 Housing

Section 8 is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is designed to assist low-income families rent apartments, condominiums or homes in the private market.

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC) issues a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) to families that meet income guidelines established by HUD. Utilizing their HCV, the family pays approximately 30% to 40% of their income toward rent and utilities and HAKC pays the difference.

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
301 E. Armour Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

United Services Community Action Agency

Family Intake, Assessment&Referral (FIAR)
FIAR is the initial assessment used to determine eligibility for USCAA programs and services. The purpose of the FIAR system is to look at ALL of the potential needs of each family coming in for service–to explore beyond their presenting needs and address and underlying problems preventing long-term success. FIAR includes an outside referral system to other programs and services as well.

Missourians Building Assets (an IDA) program)
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are special savings accounts for low-income people that enable them to attain a ‘lasting asset’ (e.g., Home Ownership; Micro-Enterprise Development; Post-Secondary Education). Attainment of these “assets” has proven to enable families to make a permanent move out of poverty. The program provides a 2:1 match for program participants (for every $1 a participant saves, MBA will match it with $2). Participants’ savings are eligible for match up to $2,000 (their $2,000 plus $4,000 of our match would give program participants a total of $6,000 toward the purchase of their asset.)

Supportive Housing
USCAA focuses on encouraging self-sufficiency by subsidizing a family’s housing payment for up to 2 years. The amount gradually decreases as the family demonstrates increased self-sufficiency, while a case manager works one-on-one with the family offering continual support. The case manager coaches the family through this transitional-to-permanent housing
program, assuring them of their ability to work toward long-lasting success.

Administrative Office/Central Jackson County Outreach
6323 Manchester Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64133

For information about a similar program serving Kansas, contact
621 SE Swygart
Topeka, Kansas 66607

City Union Mission

Families and single women at the Mission’s Family Shelter can enter the four-to-eight month New Life Program that offers rehabilitation to whole families. Members attend Bible study, local churches and have regular counseling sessions. Life Skills courses guide each person toward a healthier lifestyle. Families live in the shelter while parents and children alike stabilize and prepare to move into permanent housing.

Transitional housing is the six to nine month follow-up to the Christian Life and New Life Programs. It helps graduates and their families adjust to independent living. In our transitional living apartments, clients pay a program fee each month, must be employed, can attend school and live as independently as possible in a nominally supervised setting, before moving into their own home.

City Union Mission
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106

Community Linc

Residents must commit to making life changes that lead to long-term self-sufficiency. The adults are required to work with Community LINC’s in-house career development center to secure jobs and/or additional training, including college. To facilitate transportation, our six 6-plex apartment buildings are within one block of the most highly traveled bus line in Kansas City.

The housing and utilities are free, however the residents are required to save 50% of their income to reduce debts and prepare for future independent housing, including home ownership. They are also required to participate in a stringent, structured program of weekly classes focused on job/life skills such as budgeting, parenting, community involvement and job retention. The residents invest in themselves and in their futures.

The structured approach of holding clients accountable enhances their chances of success. Some 98% of our graduates continue to live independently.

To be considered for the Community LINC Transitional Housing Program, applicants must be homeless; be at least eighteen years of age; have full custody of their child(ren) under the age of 18; have a need for supportive services; be motivated to work on family development; and have the determination to fully participate in required program activities. Applicants with a substance abuse history are required to have been free from substances for at least 30 days and have completed at least a 30-day treatment program.

Community Linc
4012-14 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110