Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center

Mission

The Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center (GKCHIC) was established in 1970 to address the need to make sure that all people had access to housing on an equal opportunity basis and to preserve affordable housing on an equal opportunity basis and foster economic opportunity for low-income persons and minorities through partnerships within the community.  GKCHIC is one of the oldest HUD housing counseling agencies across the nation and has expanded services with a full range of services to all ages, individuals, families, and all ethnic groups.  GKCHIC is not restricted to service delivery within certain neighborhoods or to specific populations. GKCHIC became the first HUD-approved housing counseling agency in 1986, providing housing counseling services to Kansas and Missouri. The ultimate goal is to stabilize consumers into permanent housing to prevent homelessness. GKCHIC meets the National Industry Standard for Homeownership Education and housing counseling.  GKCHIC delivers quality housing counseling services to over 1,500 consumers annually to improve their economic and educational opportunities.  

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Gilmore-Wilkins

Main address

3200 Wayne Avenue Ste 222

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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EIN

43-1427341

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Housing Resource Center in Homeless Prevention

Housing resources and information for homeless prevention for families/individuals with an emphasis on low-to-moderate income and minority residents. Services are provided both one on one and group counseling sessions and outreach workshops in various communities. Participants learn how to access their housing situation when seeking to obtain or maintain permanent housing. They will learn to make more informed decisions, and improve their ability to budget for needed expenses. These techniques will help make wise decisions to remove barriers pertaining to, pre-renters, renters or homeowners.  Receiving instruction and advocacy services while learning sound credit management.  Housing counseling is provided in a series of steps through instructional and advocacy services tailored to the individual particular housing need. All participants will come away with some knowledge of the fair housing laws that protect consumers.

Population(s) Served

HIC maintains an extensive directory of available community resources and receives over 60 calls a day providing information and referrals to housing consumers, providers, and advocates. Working with local communities to better serve the consumers in the role of housing advocates and as a HUD certified housing counseling agency. HIC serves many individuals with answers to questions; referrals to appropriate to Local, State and Federal Laws and services.

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NeighborWorks Organization Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation - Member 2007

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The goal is in every case is to help consumers to make wise decisions in addressing their housing problem in order to get to an outcome of the housing situation.  Data is collected over the phone or in person depending on the urgency of the housing problem.  In most cases, a counselor is assigned to work with a client  to help them to make decisions that will have an impact to change their or living conditions.  We focus heavily on low to moderate income families and 80 % are single moms with children who may have multiple barriers when trying to stabilize their housing situation.  The long term goal is to give the family tools that will help to turn their situation around and become stable not only in housing but become in permanent housing.   

Clients are required to come in for an initial education workshop where they are given information about our program and what they can expect by making a commitment to attend three one on one sessions where goals are discussed and a free credit report is reviewed during one of this session. The counselor will be assigned to work with them and discuss the pros and cons of the importance of credit and develop a budget as they collect information to build on in these sessions.  In all cases, the goal is to educate and empower the client to make a commitment to do something about their credit or their situation.    

Intake, either in person or by telephone, is usually done by the GKCHIC Intake Specialist who takes basic information in order to verify the nature of the problem and that the client resides within the designated service area, if applicable to the type of assistance sought.  The GKCHIC Director assigns intakes on a weekly basis to the housing counselors. Upon receiving a case, the counselor contacts the client, usually within one week, to schedule an appointment and instructs the client as to the necessary information to bring to the appointment.  “Walk-in” clients are discouraged – generally, the walk-in client does not have the necessary information and documentation to open a case.  Exceptions are made when eviction or foreclosure is imminent.  

GKCHIC, in its relationship with consumers, landlords, and owners throughout the metropolitan area, is in a vital position to further the cause of equal opportunity in housing.   Its purpose is to address housing issues and to make sure consumers are aware of housing choices on an equal opportunity basis. GKCHIC has taken the lead role in Comprehensive housing counseling education and services. HIC is an approved 501(c) 3 not-for-profit Missouri corporation, governed by a volunteer board of directors, which establishes policy. Administration of the agency is the responsibility of the executive director. Jackson County, Missouri, and City of Kansas City, Missouri, approved the Center for affirmative action compliance.            

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Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center

Board of directors
as of 1/2/2020
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Board chair

Ms Pamela Woodley

KCMO Police Department

Term: 2017 - 2022

Timothy Jones

CB Richard Ellis

Thomas Randolph

City of Kansas City

Brenda Smith

community Volunteer

Pamela Woodley

Kansas City Police Department

Janine Wilson

City of Kansas City Missouri