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Youth and Family Housing Initiatives

Purpose of Youth and Family Housing Initiatives

Children and families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Kim Wilson
Housing's Department of Youth and Family Initiatives was created to engage PACES, the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District and other key youth service providers in the Kansas City Metro Area to begin creating permanent housing programs, temporary rental and utility assistance, and a foster care diversion program for children and families at risk of homelessness.

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, Inc. (KWH) 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 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

For more information, contact Christy McMurphy, executive director at KWH at

Host Families

Families within the community provide an alternative housing option by opening up their homes to youth or families in need. During their stay, housed individuals will be included in family social activities and meals. Support services are provided to both the hosting family and those being housed to ensure long-term success. Participating households provide both a social service and low-cost housing option through their contribution. 

For more information, contact Christy McMurphy, executive director at KWH at

Rapid Re-housing for Youth and Families

Kim Wilson Housing, Inc.(KWH) received a Rapid Re-Housing Grant from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. KWH will assist PACES youth and families who are homeless obtain housing. 

For more information, contact Erin Pullen, director of housing programs at KWH at .