We offer three programs tailored to meet low, medium, and high barrier needs. The programs have been established based on best practices evidence-based models. Our data collection and analysis drive continuous program improvement.
Our Transitional Housing Program serves families with moderate barriers. Clients live on our campus in a fully furnished apartment, at no cost. They work with case managers and volunteers to learn financial literacy, job readiness, and various life skills. Children participate in resiliency classes, receive academic support, and attend group engagement activities. Once a family exits to permanent housing, they receive aftercare services for up to nine months.
Prevention and Diversion
Our Emergency Assistance Program provides prevention and diversion assistance to stabilize homeless or at risk of homeless households with lower barriers. Clients are assisted with short-term case management, rent or utility assistance, client identifications, food assistance, clothing, medications, diapers, gas vouchers, bus passes, and other basic needs. Intervention is typically one week to three months.
Community LINC’s Outreach Navigator’s work with people who live in cars, tents, encampments, and other places not meant for habitation. When people face high barriers, our Outreach Navigators work with them to build a relationship and earn their trust. They offer assistance to connect with the right programs, helping them navigate through the community resources, obtaining identifying documents, and removing financial barriers including utilities and evictions, address legal barriers (warrants, felonies, RSO, etc.) From there, the Navigators find landlords that fit their criteria and their individual circumstances.
Wrap-around services like financial literacy, budgeting, employment coaching, mental wellness, housing support, children’s programming, and intensive case management ensure long-term success for families.
Call us at 816-531-3727 to get help with housing.
Our Housing Specialist meets with families to create a targeted plan to remove barriers and locate permanent housing that is affordable and meets the needs of the family.
Community LINC’s Employment Coach assists clients who are under or unemployed. Participants receive assistance with building resumes, creating cover letters, completing job applications, and interview preparation by participating in mock interviews.
Financial education and personal budgeting skills are critical to achieving long-term independence. Volunteer financial coaches work one-on-one in financial counseling, credit and debt education, and money management. Many of our participants have never actively budgeted, so their financial coach assists them in establishing a workable budget to stabilize and maintain once housed.
Case Management and Life Skills
Each family works with Case Managers on refining life skills and developing short and long-term goals. Working together, families improve problem-solving skills, learn to work through challenges, identify barriers, celebrate successes, and develop the skills necessary to maintain self-sufficiency.
We deliver programming on life and resiliency skills, provide academic support, as well as advocate on behalf of children in our programs. The goal is to help children overcome the trauma of homelessness and address the issues that perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
In-home Aftercare Services last nine months and begin with weekly meetings with Case Managers. Lack of support during this crucial period often results in recurrent homelessness. Community LINC employs the Critical-Time Intervention case management model, which involves focused, time-limited assistance during the family’s critical transition to community living. Aftercare Case Managers link families with community resources and provide ongoing advocacy.
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