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Zero 2016

Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. is actively involved in the Greater Kansas City Area's Zero 2016 Campaign to end Veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Coordinated by Community Solutions, the national effort supports participating communities in optimizing resources, tracking progress and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.

Mayors Mark Holland for Kansas City, Kansas and Sly James of Kansas City Missouri are leading the Zero 2016 campaign for the greater Kansas City area. Both Mayors led the 100,000 Homes Campaign, precursor to the Zero 2016 Campaign, for the Kansas City region.  100,000 Homes Campaign permanently housed 101,628 homeless Americans, including 31,171 homeless Veterans, one month ahead of their four-year deadline.  Kansas City, in Kansas and Missouri, are two communities out of 238 who joined the national effort to end homelessness.  Once the 100,000 Campaign ended, Community Solutions began Zero 2016 Campaign to end Veteran and chronic homelessness.   Chronic homelessness is defined as:

A person who is "chronically homeless" is an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been homeless continuously for a year or more, or has had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.

In order to be considered chronically homeless, a person must have been sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (e.g., living on the streets) and/or in an emergency homeless shelter.

A disabling condition is defined as:

  • Diagnosable substance use disorder
  • Serious mental illness
  • Developmental disability
  • or chronic illness
  • or a disability including the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions.
A disabling condition limits an individual's ability to work or preform one or more activities of daily living. 

For more information about how KWH is involved in the Zero 2016, contact Erin Pullen, director of housing programs at pullen_e@wmhci.org.
 

1400 Diplomas and Impact Wednesdays

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) reported that there were 1,400 homeless youth identified in its public schools during 2014-2015 school year. Mayor Mark Holland and KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane jointly issued a call to action for social service and affordable housing providers to break the cycle of homelessness through collaborative partnerships focused on student attendance, affordable housing and graduation.  

Kim Wilson Housing answered the call by partnering with KCKPS and several other social service providers to participate in Impact Wednesdays, a mobilization of emergency assistance providers who offer their services to households served by the school district's McKinney-Vento Program every Wednesday during the school year.

KCKPS produced a fact sheet on the number of children who are considered homeless according to HUD's McKinney-Vento program.

Learn more about the 1400 Diplomas Initiative.

For more information, contact Christy McMurphy, executive director at KWH at mcmurphy_c@wmhci.org.