Professional Resources For:

 KC Housing Services

Kansas City Housing Resources

Adult Homelessness
Youth Homelessness
Domestic Violence Shelters: Kansas and Missouri
Homeless Shelters: Kansas and Missouri

Metropolitan KC Resources

Homeless Hotline – Crisis Hotline-24 HRS (816) 474-4599

Youth Homeless Hotline – Crisis Hotline-24 HRS

Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: Kansas and Missouri
816-861-6100 / 816-461-4673

Meal Program Partners & Churches – Artists Helping the Homeless

Veterans Homeless

Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center

HUD Resource Locator – Find housing authorities, affordable rental housing, homeless resources, affordable elderly and special needs housing and much more.

CHES, Inc. 

(Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services, Inc.) is a HUD Approved, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, housing, financial and credit organization. Our entire team is committed to helping you achieve financial freedom. CHES, Inc., it’s your move…

Discover What CHES, Inc. Can Do For You!

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help you with your energy needs in two ways: the Energy Assistance/Primary Heating (EA) program and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP): EA helps you with a one-time payment of your primary heating bill, while the ECIP helps pay your fuel bill when your energy is shut off or is threatened to be shut off. The amount of help you receive is based on the amount of money needed to settle your crisis with the energy provider.

Catholic Charities
2220 Central Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
(913) 621-1504

Crosslines Cooperative
736 Shawnee Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66105
(913) 281-3388

El Centro
650 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 667-0100

Economic Opportunity Foundation (EOF)
Main Office
(913) 371-7800
EOF Northeast C & D Center
1542 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
(913) 371-0848

Johnson County Multi-Service Centers

(Food pantries, utility assistance,
Kansas City Medicine Cabinet etc.)

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries (MLM)
722 Reynolds Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 342-8333

Salvation Army
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
(913) 232-5400

United Way
434 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 371-6772

atholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Several of Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Centers offer housing programs through HUD. These programs assist homeless families in finding long term, affordable housing and also provide wrap around support services.  Program eligibility is determined by HUD guidelines and assessments. Enrollment is based on eligibility and availability of funding.

Kansas City

2220 Central Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66102



716 North 5th St.

Leavenworth, KS 66048



333 East Poplar

Olathe, KS 66061


Overland Park

9806 W. 87th St.

Overland Park, KS 66212



502 Kansas Avenue

Atchison, KS 66002



1525 West 6th St

Lawrence, KS 66044




Shalom House-Men’s Shelter

2100 North 13th Street
Kansas City, KS 66104


Each day, Shalom House opens its doors to 24 men of all faiths in need of shelter, food and companionship. Services are provided at no charge and include a safe place to sleep, eat dinner and breakfast, shower (toiletries and other necessities provided), do laundry and get clothing. In addition, men get employment assistance as well as referrals for medical care. Resources and the encouragement help residents to develop a plan to successfully transition to permanent housing.

  • CHES, Inc.:  Dedicated to empowering low to moderate income individuals and families with the knowledge and confidence necessary for long-term financial & homeownership success. 816-533-7417 /
  • Community Housing of Wyandotte County: CHWC exists to serve the families and neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County. 913-342-7580 /
  • Community Services League: To assist communities in reaching their potential by providing immediate relief to people in need, assessing their situations, and providing solutions that lead to economic stability. 816-254-4100 /
  • Habitat for Humanity Kansas City: is the seventh oldest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope. 816-924-1096 /
  • NHS of KCMO: NHS has three distinct departments: Real Estate Development, HomeOwnership Center, and Community Relations.  816-822-7703 /
  • Westside Housing: is the only CDC in Kansas City, Missouri that includes a significant focus on serving the Latino community, advocating on a range of social, political and housing issues. 816-421-8048 /
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
  • Understand your rights as a homeowner (Kansas and Missouri).
  • Need to find utility assitance? Homeless resources? Help paying rent? A food pantry? Help getting your finances in order? Resources for your children? Find these resources and much more.United Way’s 2-1-1 is a great resource for everyday needs that aren’t quite 9-1-1 emergencies. United Way 2-1-1 spans a 23-county area, including 7 counties in Kansas and 16 in Missouri, and has access to thousands of resources. Call 2-1-1 and you’ll reach a trained, caring professional, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s free and confidential. Visit additional information about United Way’s 2-1-1 services: call (816) 474-5112 or toll free at (866) 320-5764.
  • 9 County Metropolitan Region My Resource Connection links individuals to resources that can help meet their needs: groceries, clothing, housing, health care, transportation, food pantries, rental payment assistance, employment, veteran’s services, utility assistance, mental health support, early childhood education and much more. Search for resources by zip code and/or county. Visit to Resource Connection and select the Jobs, Apartments or Services tabs for additional information.

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Housing costs are a large part of your budget, so it’s important to research options when choosing to rent or purchase housing.


Alliance for Economic Inclusion

The Kansas City Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI) consists of 650 individuals representing 350 organizations in a broad-based coalition of financial institutions, housing professionals, community-based organizations, businesses, schools and other partners in several markets across the Kansas City metro area. AEI focuses on bringing unbanked and underserved populations into the financial mainstream with an emphasis in creating financial resiliency for low- and moderate-income families in Metropolitan Kansas City.  The AEI also works to expand affordable housing opportunities and mortgage credit for low- and moderate-income households.

Kansas City AEI seeks to expand basic retail financial service usage such as savings accounts, affordable remittance products, small-dollar loan programs, targeted financial education programs, alternative delivery channels and other asset-building programs.  To further achieve AEI goals of helping the low- and moderate-income community, Kansas City AEI is working to increase banking services for minority and immigrant communities.

Cost or Obligation

The AEI has no cost or obligation to join.  You will receive e-mail updates, invitations to AEI meetings and events and the ability to give input on multiple community initiatives that target low –and moderate-income families.

To join AEI complete the form below:

Community Partners 

Our experience has taught us that one of the most important and potent factors in the revitalization of a community, particularly a lower-income community, is the community’s ability to develop its own leaders, and to create and own its program of development.  LISC has therefore focused its efforts on and through community development organizations that manifest these attributes.  That’s why most of the Greater Kansas City LISC portfolio of loans and grants is composed of nonprofit organizations.

Some recipients are community development corporations (CDCs) that are specifically devoted to the redevelopment of a neighborhood. Others may have a somewhat different mission but are still engaged in some aspect of the redevelopment process or in improving the quality of life of residents. Other recipients are what we call “lead agencies:” nonprofit groups dedicated to a single community.

CHES, Inc. 

(Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services, Inc.) is a HUD Approved, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, housing, financial and credit organization.

Certifications & Experience

CHES, Inc. Advisers are NeighborWorks Certified in Foreclosure Prevention, Financial & Credit Management, Education & Counseling, HUD Approved Homebuyer & Homeownership Education (including Pre & Post Purchase). Additionally, each Adviser has a background in real estate, responsible lending, and business & financial management.

 Commitment to Excellence
CHES, Inc. is HUD Approved, and an adopter of The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education & Counseling and The National Loan Modification Scam Alert Campaign. Each CHES, Inc. Adviser is committed to the National Industry Code of Ethics and Conduct for Homeownership Professionals. We are committed to providing excellence and measurable results to those we serve.

Choice Neighborhoods

The Paseo Gateway area, located in Kansas City’s historic Northeast, has been selected by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the recipient of a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative implementation grant.

The goal of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is to use the transformation of public housing stock—in this case, the Chouteau Courts public housing complex—as a catalyst for improving the quality of life for public housing residents as well as residents of four surrounding neighborhoods:

City of Kansas City, MO

Each year, the city ‘boards-up’ more than 1,500 homes and structures citywide. The city’s Dangerous Buildings division boards-up buildings and homes “open to entry” because they are deemed what’s called an “attractive nuisance” – properties that are likely targets for vagrant or illegal activity. Buildings and homes are board-up candidates for a variety of reasons including fire damage and dilapidation.

Community Builders of Kansas City (CBKC)

CBKC is Kansas City’s largest urban core developer reclaiming neighborhoods by developing quality housing and related services in the neighborhoods it serves. A not-for-profit community development corporation, CBKC works with the neighborhoods it serves to build meaningful relationships, act as community convener, facilitator and resource for services. Since 1991, SCB has secured more than $225 million of investment in urban renewal, earning recognition and respect on the national community development stage.

Community Housing of Wyandotte County

Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community development corporation dedicated to revitalizing, stabilizing and reinvesting in Kansas City, Kansas neighborhoods. Our goal is provide meaningful programs to the residents of Wyandotte County to help them achieve, preserve and sustain quality neighborhoods and housing.

CHWC exists to serve the families and neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County.  From the “breaking of the ground”, we are planting and nurturing homes for our families.  We provide financial counseling, homebuyer assistance and a friendly caring staff willing to help all along the road to homeownership.

Economic Development Corporation KC

Fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses and established organizations know they can attract and retain skilled talent because Kansas City, Missouri, delivers today’s in-demand lifestyles – affordability, diverse housing options and a vast array of cultural attractions to accompany desirable career paths offering choice, challenge and competitive compensation.

Unfettered access to talented employees – as well as to customers, suppliers and markets – is enjoyed by businesses in Kansas City’s centrally located, diverse economy, which features industry sectors with particular strategic advantages –, advanced manufacturing, the arts, design and engineering, health sciences and services, nonprofit management and information technology.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRB)

We promote fair and impartial access to financial products through research, relationship building and resource development.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) supports the Department’s efforts to help create cohesive, economically healthy communities

Kansas City, Kansas Unified Government

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds the Housing and Community Development Department using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). CDBG is the Unified Government’s entitlement grant from HUD. According to federal regulation, the use of these funds is limited to support services that will benefit households of “low and moderate” income, or in areas with significant “slum and blight.”

Based on HUD regulations, seventy percent (70%) of the funds expended must benefit low and moderate income persons and respond to at least one of the three following national priorities:

  • Benefit low and moderate income persons
  • Prevent or eliminate slum and blight
  • Urgent need

Kansas City MSA at a Glance

The “Market at a Glance” reports for the counties and metropolitan areas are based on data from BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), and American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Some adjustments are made by HUD field economists based on regional information. The data is expected to be released on monthly basis for most of the metropolitan areas and counties.

KC Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Initiative

Greater Kansas City LISC is working in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO), Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and the Kansas City District Council of the Urban Land Institute to redevelop Kansas City’s urban core east of Troost Avenue. This collaborative investment strategy is the result of extensive research and neighborhood engagement by the consulting team of Mosaic Urban Partners, a Washington D.C.- based real estate development and advisory services firm, and Kansas City’s DRAW Architecture + Urban Design.

LISC of Greater Kansas City

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that improve the financial outlook of people. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local partners to get this done. Our work impacts 7 million low-income Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country. See our reach as a national nonprofit and see how we work.

Mid America Regional Council (MARC)

As a voluntary association of local governments, MARC convenes partners and coordinates planning efforts on a wide range of issues that are important to communities in the metro, including aging services, early learning, health care, community development, homeland security, emergency services, the regional 9-1-1 system and much more. We work with cities, counties and other entities to identify common objectives and achieve our collective goals. MARC has no taxation or regulatory authority.

MARC serves as both the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the bistate Kansas City region and as the Council of Governments (COG) for the nine counties and 119 cities in the region. MARC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, and is funded by federal, state and private grants, local contributions and earned income. A major portion of our budget is passed through to local governments and other agencies for programs and services.

Neighborhoods NOW

NeighborhoodsNOW is LISC’s approach to comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. Since 2006, we have been investing in the capacity and vitality of six neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

In May of 2016, five of these neighborhoods shared their new 2016-2018 Quality of Life Plans in front of stakeholders from city governments, foundations, neighborhood groups and investors. LISC will support the visions set out in these plans, to help the residents transform their communities.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative–one of the Chamber’s Big 5 ideas–is a nonprofit organization established to revitalize neighborhoods in a target area in Kansas City’s urban core, focusing on health and safety, education and prosperity for generations to come. Formed as a partnership between the United Way of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, UNI works with ten neighborhood organizations, residents and through collaborative relationships with business, industry, government and community organizations. Our initiative focus area is from 18th Street to 52nd Street and from Troost to Prospect, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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