Youth Services

living It’s estimated that there are more than 2,000 teens and young adults in the Kansas City metro area, either living on the street or “couch surfing” from one friend’s house to the next with no permanent home of their own. Offering a range of services, including transitional and permanent housing, reStart reaches out to these young people and helps them get their lives back on track.


  • reStart offers the only emergency youth shelter in the urban core of Kansas City, providing safe haven, a warm bed, and three meals a day for youths aged 12-18.
  • Youth services in the shelter include youth and family counseling and therapy, life skills and financial literacy classes, housing assistance, substance abuse recovery services, health and nutritional education and activities, field trips and recreational activities, and more.
  • reStart Youth Emergency Shelter can be reached 24 hours per day by calling the youth hotline (816) 309-9048.

In 2014, reStart provided emergency shelter to 168 youth for a total of 2,311 bed nights.


reStart offers a Transitional Living Program (TLP) for youth ages 16 to 21 who have no safe home to return to. This longer-term program provides up to 18 months of transitional housing, life skills, financial education, case management and counseling to prepare youth to live independently upon graduating from the program. reStart Youth TLP has 8 units for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and and additional 4 units for youth who are pregnant or parenting through a Maternity Group Home grant. Download the application and contact information for this program here: TLP Application.

In 2014, reStart provided transitional housing to 22 unaccompanied youth and 7 pregnant or parenting youth with 5 children, providing for a total of 3,090 bed nights.


reStart was recently awarded HUD funding which will allow us to construct and operate 14 units of permanent housing for young adults with mental health disabilities who have aged out of foster care. Groundbreaking is set for spring 2014.

In 2014, reStart placed 115 youth into permanent housing, including returning home, to a housing program, or to a residential program.