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Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. by the numbers (2009-2016)

Number of permanent supportive housing units KWH manages on behalf of our clients 60
Number of project-based rental assistance vouchers KWH manages 23
Number of rental assistance vouchers processed by KWH 4,917
Number of households served 4,932
Number of housing quality inspections conducted 952
Amount of money KWH solicited, secured and managed in federal, state and private dollars
Number of contracts KWH manages 15
Collective years KWH staff has worked in affordable housing social service field 138

Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. and Wyandot Center's Permanent Supportive Housing Programs

Beacon Homes is a HUD-funded permanent supportive housing programs in Kansas City, Kansas.  Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. (KWH) manages the program on behalf of Wyandot Center.  Beacon Homes provides 22 scattered site affordable housing units for chronically homeless adults. Chronic homelessness is defined as:

An individual or family that is homeless and resides in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter, and has been homeless and residing in such place for at least one year or on at least four separate occasions in the last three years, and the duration of those episodes equals 12 months or more.  The statutory definition also requires that the individual has a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, cognitive impairments resulting from a brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability.

Of the individuals housed in the KWH /Wyandot Center supportive housing program, 83% gained income since they entered the program and 100% were able to maintain housing for more than 180 days.   All tenants voluntarily maintained on-going relationships with Wyandot Center's case managers and KWH housing stabilization specialist.


Kim Wilson Housing, Inc., Truman Medical Center's Service Enriched Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs

Under a consulting relationship with Kim Wilson Housing, Inc., an innovative model was developed to serve individuals utilizing high cost services in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Truman Medical Center (TMC), a community mental health center in Kansas City, Missouri, partnered with Kim Wilson Housing to began providing Service Enriched Housing  (SEH)(residential care) to individuals using high cost services. SEH, a service funded through the Missouri Department of Mental Health, offers intensive psychiatric rehabilitation in the community for adult individuals with intensive needs. Under this innovative model, housing is provided by two HUD-funded supportive housing programs awarded to TMC, New Roots and Haven of Hope and one Metro Lutheran Ministry supportive housing program, Project Care. TMC contracted with Kim Wilson Housing, who in turn contracted with Wyandot Center to provide on-site staff in the residential setting to ensure that consumers are successful.   

Comparing  24 months of participation in the RESCA program to six months prior to move in, emergency room visits, arrests and hospitalizations continue to decrease.

Emergency room visits:
                 Before SEH - 191 visits, total average cost $183,360 ($1,200 /visit)
                 After SEH - 33 visits, total average cost $39,600
                 Savings:  $143,760

                 Before SEH  - 16 arrests, total average cost $1,072 ($67/arrest)
                 After SEH- 5 arrests, total average cost $335
                 Savings: $737

Psychiatric hospital:
                 Before SEH -  13 visits, total average cost $52,000 ($4,000/average stay)
                 After SEH -  11 visit, total average cost $44,000
                 Savings: $8,000

For more information, contact Kris Downs, director of service enriched housing at Wyandot Center at .

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Supported Housing Fund Program

Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. is contracted by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to administer the Supported Housing Fund (SHF) Program. SHF program provides affordable housing linked to services for low-income, disabled and formerly homeless or potentially homeless people with Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).  The goal is to provide persons with SPMI the help and support they need to stay housed and live more independent, healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. The SHF program supports eligible individuals who are experiencing a mental illness to obtain and maintain housing in the least restrictive environment possible.  This is achieved by providing temporary funds to meet the cost of their housing needs.   Kim Wilson Housing processes SHF requests for 26 Community Mental Health Centers and two Substance Use Disorder providers.

Fiscal Year 2016 Outputs and Outcomes for the Supported Housing Fund Program
Number of households:                              1,126
Number persons served:                            1,637
Because of Supported Housing Fund assistance, people were able to move to community-based housing from:
Homelessness                                              201
Precarious housing                                       108
State-funded institution                                   34
Other Housing                                                 78

Because of Supported Housing Fund assistance, 509 people were able to maintain community based housing
Because of Supported Housing Fund assistance, people were able to move from community-based housing to:
Restrictive setting                                            10
Supported Housing Fund Program also purchased:
Household items                                              77
Other (bus tickets, IDs)                                  109

To learn more about the Supported Housing Fund Program, visit Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program

To help American families survive a deep recession, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) enabled the first ever large-scale implementation of homelessness prevention program.
  • HPRP distributed $1.5 billion in grant funding to 535 states, counties, cities and U.S.. territories, and approximately 2,500 other entities, mostly direct service providers, were sub-grantees.
  • As of September 30, 2011 (2 years into the 3-year program) HPRP had provided 909,192 people in 359,192 households with financial assistance and supportive services designed to prevent homelessness.
Kim Wilson Housing, Inc.  (KWH) was an HPRP sub-grantee, serving the eastern half of Kansas.  Kansas Housing Resources Corporation awarded KWH the largest grant in the state.  In two years of the program's operation, KWH was able to provide financial assistance and supportive services to 722 households, which included 905 children and 65 Veterans, which resulted in these households  maintaining or obtaining housing.

The Homeless Prevention Study, a national study of the HPRP program, can be found here.
An analysis of KWH's HPRP outcomes and recommendations for future programing can be found here.