Kato House has been used as an emergency intervention center for homeless clients that had no other appropriate alternative. The two programs described below facilitated clients' progress toward stable, independent living which benefitted both clients and the agencies that served them. Having demonstrated the need and benefit of the facility, we have concluded use of the building in these programs.
This decision will allow us to focus staff and resources on the growing caseload of the BE THE CHANGE Program, as well as on raising funds to purchase and renovate the building. The BE THE CHANGE Program and our agency continue to operate from the building.
During 2013, 28 men stayed overnight at Kato House pending placement or an appointment. The length of stay varied from 1 to 57 days depending on the time necessary to qualify for and the availability of a bed at the agency providing the next step in the path off the street. These stays improved outcomes and efficiency for the clients by avoiding a return to the street. The stays provided clients time to identify and access programs that met their needs and situation. In some cases, clients were able to resolve issues, such as obtaining IDs, in order to meet targeted program requirements. In other cases, the stays bridged gaps until the targeted program had an available bed.
In 2013, a pilot program focused on 9 homeless men, age 18-24) that aged out of foster care or had been kicked out of their homes and/or other programs. Most had dropped out of school, had substance/alcohol issues and all were unemployed. These young adults risk becoming Kansas City’s next generation of chronic homeless adults. These young adults were provided stable shelter for an extended period while addressing underlying issues in order to obtain stable housing and employment.
The length of stay in 2013 varied from almost 3 to 12 months depending upon the individual’s situation and needs. The average stay was 167 days. The participants exceeded expectations. Only one person (11%) dropped out. He is living independently today. Another relocated to his hometown (a positive result). Other individual accomplishments included:
2013 Youth Accomplishment
Full Employment Council/Job Corps
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Number of Shelter Nights provided by AHH Directly thru End of June 2013
Nights of Shelter Value of Shelter ($30 a night) # of Individuals