Community LINC

Ending Homelessness. Transforming Lives.

Kansas City, MO   |  www.communitylinc.org

Mission

Community LINC's mission is to end homelessness in Kansas City for this generation and the next. For over 35 years, Community LINC has transformed the lives of Greater Kansas City’s homeless households and families we serve through our housing programs and services. Our three, evidence-based housing programs seek to address the underlying causes of homelessness and equip participants with the skills necessary to stabilize, remain housed and self-sufficient, and never experience homelessness again.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Ms. Precious Stargell Cushman

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Teresa McClain

Main address

4012-14 Troost Ave

Kansas City, MO 64110 USA

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EIN

43-1506591

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Our programs

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Community Housing Access

The Community Housing Access program is designed for low-barrier families and households at risk of homelessness or already homeless due to COVID-19 or other urgent issues. This program provides financial assistance and prevention and diversion navigation assistance to stabilize or remove housing barriers to ensure housing stability.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Employment Services: Our full-time Employment Coach assists clients with developing a resume, finding interview
clothing, conducting job searches, and preparing for the interview.Budgeting: One-on-one sessions with volunteer budgeters teach clients financial management through budgeting and saving. Budgets and bank statements are reviewed in great detail, so they begin to understand exactly how much money is coming in and where it is going.Mental Wellness Counseling: Mental wellness services are offered to all program participants. Our counselor helps residents break through the barriers to self-sufficiency, many of which arise from profound trauma.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Interim Housing program is designed for moderate barrier families, serves people that need time to stabilize. Each family receives a fully furnished on-campus apartment at no cost with utilities paid until they transition into permanent housing. Families work with financial coaches, save money, and reduce debt to stabilize for their transition. All children participate in resiliency classes and receive academic support and group engagement activities. Permanent Housing goals include meeting with a Housing Coordinator and Family Coach to address housing barriers, such as bad credit, landlord judgments, and past-due utility bills. These services enable families to stabilize and transition into permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

The Home for Good Program serves high barrier families in our community who have insurmountable challenges. These families are the most vulnerable and chronic homeless families, many of whom cycled in and out of shelters, lived in hotels, or even their cars. This program is a synergetic effort focused to reunify homeless families in Kansas City. Utilizing our strong second chance landlord base, we entered a collaborative venture with Cornerstones of Care’s One Roof Program, the Housing Authority and Children’s Division of Family services. Barriers include extensive landlord judgments, criminal backgrounds, mental health issues, drug addiction, and sometimes involvement with Child Protective Services. Families receive intensive case management and live on-site or off-site with services offered in the home for up to a year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Extremely poor people
Homeless people

Community LINC’s Children’s Programs provides children with essential life and resilience skills and academic support, all intending to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Homelessness is a traumatic experience, but we have found that children have amazing levels of resiliency when faced with homelessness. The Children’s Program addresses the negative effects of traumatic life experiences and assists children in overcoming developmental barriers by providing a variety of services. Using trauma-informed care principles, our Children’s Program staff hold weekly life skills and resiliency classes. Our goal is to help them identify and build off of these strengths. Two-generational programming addresses entire familial needs and promotes bonding between children and their parents. Enrichment activities and academic advocacy contribute to making the comprehensive program build each child’s resilience and provide the skill set for a healthy, fulfilling future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Clients served by our programs participate in Employment Services programming. Our full-time Employment Coach assists clients with developing a resume, finding interview clothing, conducting job searches, and preparing for interviews.

Population(s) Served

Clients served by our programs participate in Financial Literacy & Budgeting programming. This program consists of one-on-one sessions with volunteer budgeters to teach clients financial management through budgeting and saving. In this program, budgets and bank statements are reviewed in great detail, so they begin to money management techniques.

Population(s) Served

Mental wellness services are offered to all program participants. Our counselor helps residents break through the barriers toward self-sufficiency, many of which arise from profound trauma.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people
Families
Homeless people
Families
Homeless people
Families
Homeless people

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Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 1999

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Community LINC

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bob Wright

Jessica Borries

Burns & McDonnell

Angelina Bridgeford

Business Owner & Community LINC Graduate

Wilma Collado

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