Community LINC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to end family homelessness for this generation and the next. Over the past 30 years, Community LINC has served 4,246 families with 14,000 individuals, including 9,300 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."
Over 30 years later, Community LINC owns 36 units and has an annual budget over $2 million. Community LINC has grown from serving approximately 12 families each year to approximately 150 families each year.
Community LINC ends homelessness by re-housing, stabilizing, and empowering families to thrive independently.
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 takes approximately 50% of a person’s pre-tax monthly income to pay rent.
•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.
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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