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Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. by the numbers (2009-2017)

Number of permanent supportive housing units managed by KWH 52
Number of project-based rental assistance vouchers KWH manages 19
 
Number of rental assistance vouchers processed by KWH 4,917
Number of households served 4,932
Number of housing quality inspections conducted 1,227
Amount of money KWH solicited, secured and managed in federal, state and private dollars
 $14,080,112
Number of contracts with KWH 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


Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. (KWH) specializes in managing permanent supportive housing programs. In concert with its sister organization, Wyandot Center, KWH manages Beacon Homes and CABHI, HUD-funded permanent housing programs.  Together, Beacon Homes and CABHI provide 28 scattered site affordable housing units in Kansas City, KS 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's housing stabilization specialist.


 

Permanent Supportive Housing is cost effective, homelessness is not.

For two years, Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. tracked the average cost savings for participants residing in permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs manged by KWH. Based on the participant's costs of emergency room, jail and inpatient behavioral health visits prior to move in, KWH saw a total 65% reduction in public costs in these arenas.  See below:
 
Public Health Arenas Reduction in Costs After Move-in
Permanent Supportive Housing Cost Savings
Emergency Room -80%
Jail -62%
Inpatient Behavioral Health -26%
Total -65%

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Supported Housing Fund Program

Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. contracted with 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.   

Fiscal Year 2017 Outputs and Outcomes for the Supported Housing Fund Program
 
Outputs
Number of households:                                 975
Number persons served:                            1,343
 
Outcomes
Because of Supported Housing Fund assistance, people were able to move to community-based housing from:
 
Homelessness                                              140
Precarious housing                                       106
State-funded institution                                  23
Other Housing                                              163

Because of Supported Housing Fund assistance, 421 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                                              99
Other (bus tickets, IDs)                                    33

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.