Community LINC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families we serve. In the past 25 years, Community LINC has served 3,791 families with 11,320 individuals, including 8,205 children with shelter or programming. The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers all work to change the lives of homeless families in Kansas City.
Community LINC was conceived in May 1986 when a group of citizens from three local churches began meeting to discuss ways to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Modeling the organization of a transitional housing program in Liberty, Missouri, their goal was to create independent and self-sufficient families.
In 1987, the first governing body was established and the name LINC (Living In New Community) was adopted. In 1988, LINC was granted a 501(c)(3) status, and the organization was born. The program’s first official home was an apartment building at 32nd and Warwick with four units available for homeless families.
In September 1991, HUD approved relocation to three apartment buildings at 4012-14, 4016-18, and 4028-30 Troost for one dollar. In the 1990’s, the word “Community” was officially added to the name, becoming “Community LINC."
Twenty-five years later, Community LINC owns 36 units and has an annual budget over $2.2 million. Community LINC has grown from serving approximately 12 families a year to approximately 150 families a year.
Anyone working can afford rent.
The wage needed to afford
fair-market rent is double minimum
wage; more than very low income families
•For our families it take more than 50%
of a person’s pre-tax monthly income to
•The estimated wait time for subsidized
housing in Kansas City is up to 3 years.
•Working parents must often choose
between food, utilities, day care, or rent.
•The Housing First approach is a proven
cost-effective solution to end homelessness nationally.
“There was nothing like locking my own
door to my own place.” Jackie Hunter
Landlords willing to rent to people with poor rental histories.
Community LINC ends homelessness by re-housing, stabilizing, and empowering families to thrive independently.
As stewards over our resources, we are very careful to screen and make sure we serve the most vulnerable homeless families.
A program model that is a hand up, not a hand out.
Core competencies in housing, employment services, coaching, budgeting, and mental wellness counseling, life skills training, and exposure to healthy lifestyles.
Our program is established on research of Evidence-Based programs that deliver outstanding results.
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