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Point in Time 2018 Results

The results of the 2018 Point in Time homeless count show both good news and bad news. The good news is that youth homelessness and veteran homelessness in Jackson and Wyandotte Counties are down this year, but overall homelessness has increased slightly.

Total number of homeless individuals counted in this year’s survey, conducted Jan. 24 and 25 throughout Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS is 1,798, a 7.6% increase over the 1,671 persons counted in 2017. Total number of homeless households this year is 1,346, a 7.8% increase over 1,248 last year.

Detailed results of the 2018 Point in Time count were presented at a press conference on July 12. Evie Craig, president and CEO of reStart and chair for the Point in Time Committee, said the results “help us understand the trends occurring in Kansas City so we can better understand the scope of the problem, improve homeless system efficiency, and promote effective interventions.”

The Greater Kansas City Point in Time homeless count, a federally mandated survey, provides unduplicated counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. The local survey was conducted with the help of more than 150 community volunteers. The data help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness.

Communities like Kansas City that receive federal Continuum of Care dollars are required to complete the PIT count.  The required information is sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and combined with count information from other communities and then reported to the United States Congress in order to inform policy-making and funding allocations.

Missouri Tax Credits Available!

Missouri’s Affordable Housing Assistance Program (AHAP)

Tax Credits

What are AHAP Credits?

Missouri Affordable Housing Assistance Program tax credits are an incentive for eligible businesses/individuals to participate in affordable housing production. The State offers an income tax credit to any eligible firm or eligible organization that donates cash, equity, professional services and real or personal property to a non-profit community based organization. The credit is equal to 55% of the value of the contribution. The credit is transferable and can be carried forward for 10 years.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a Donor must be subject to Missouri tax from business activities performed in the state of Missouri.  You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A corporation filing Missouri Form 1120;
  • A sole proprietorship filing Federal Form 1040 Schedule C and Missouri Form 1040;
  • A farm operation filing Federal Form 1040 Schedule F and Missouri Form 1040;
  • An individual reporting income from property rental or royalties on Federal Form 1040 Schedule E and filing Missouri Form 1040;
  • A small business corporation (S-Corporation) filing Missouri Form 1120S;
  • A partnership filing Missouri Form 1065;
  • A bank, credit institution, savings and loan association, credit union, farmer’s cooperative credit association or building and loan association filing a Missouri financial institutional tax return;
  • An insurance company filing a Missouri Insurance Tax Return with the Division of Insurance;
  • An individual partner in a partnership or shareholder in an S-Corporation; or
  • A public or private foundation subject to Missouri The foundation must certify tax it is subject to the state income tax imposed by the provisions of chapter 143 RSMo because the unrelated business income of the foundation is subject to Missouri income tax.

Credits may be applied against

  • The corporation franchise tax in Chapter 174 RSMo;
  • The State income tax in Chapter 143 RSMo;
  • The annual tax on gross receipts of express companies in chapter 153 RSMo;
  • The tax on banks determined under subdivisions (1) or (2) of subsection 2 of RSMo 030;
  • The tax on other financial institutions in Chpater 148 RSMo; or
  • The annual tax on gross premium receipts of insurance companies in Chapter 128

What kinds of donations are eligible?

Any cash, stock, real estate, professional services or materials/products that are eligible for the Federal Income Tax Charitable Deduction pending they are made to an eligible non-profit that has a received a reservation of AHAP credits from the Missouri Housing Department Commission (MHDC).

Here is a simple example showing donor in the 35% tax bracket, making a $1,000 donation*

Donation per $1,000 Tax Savings
Federal Tax Deduction 35% $350.00
Missouri Tax Deduction 6% $  60.00
Missouri AHAP Credit 55% $550.00
Lost Benefit from State Tax Deduction $(175.00)
Total Tax Savings $785.00
Donation $1,000.00
Tax Savings $(785.00)
After Tax Cost of Contribution $215.00

*Above represents an example only; please check with your financial advisor to determine how this program will apply to your personal tax situation.

For more information, please contact:

Evie Craig, President & CEO, 816-472-5664, ext. 252

A PDF of this document can be found here: 2017_MO_AHAP_info

16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival Benefits reStart Inc.

Crawfish Festival LogoOn a scale from 1 to 10, the fun meter hovers around a 9.5 all night long.

16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival

We’re a group of guys that get together, have some fun and put on a party for charity. Laisser le bon temps rouler!

The 16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival will benefit reStart, Inc., and be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 (6:00pm-11:00pm) at St Pius X Church, 5500 Woodson (55th and Woodson, 2 blocks west of Nall St) Mission, KS. Signs will be prominently displayed indicating area for convenient parking.

Village Crawfish Festival

15th Annual Village Crawfish Festival Photos on Facebook

2016 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2016

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig Phone: 816.472.5664 ext. 252 or Cell:913.706.1469

Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

2016 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 27

 Kansas City, MO (January 24, 2016) – The 2016 Greater Kansas City Point in Time (PIT) homeless count, a federally mandated biennial survey, will be conducted in Kansa City from 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 and 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28.  More than 100 trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, feeding, and other locations to conduct personal one-on-one interviews.

The PIT survey is used to help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. “Youth experiencing homelessness is a growing population” said Evelyn Craig, President & CEO of reStart, Inc. “For a third year, Youth Counts will mobilize volunteers and pool staff resources from youth-serving programs to support efforts to get unaccompanied youth accurately counted,” said Craig.

HUD: In January and July of each year, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office requires each community to count the number of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in efforts to support strategic planning on behalf of homeless reduction in the country.

To sign up for a volunteer spot, please visit PIT here.

2015 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 28th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2015

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig Phone: 816.472.5664 ext. 252 or Cell:913.706.1469

Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

2015 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 28th

 Kansas City, MO (January26, 2015) – The 2015 Greater Kansas City  Point in Time (PIT) homeless count, a federally mandated biennial survey, will be conducted in Kansa City from 3 pm – 9:30pm on Wednesday, January 28th and 7 am – 3 pm on Thursday, January 29th .  More than 100 trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, feeding, and other locations to conduct personal one-on-one interviews.

The PIT survey is used to help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. “Youth experiencing homelessness is a growing population” said Evelyn Craig, President & CEO of reStart, Inc. “For a second year, Youth Counts will mobilize volunteers and pool staff resources from youth-serving programs to support efforts to get unaccompanied youth accurately counted,” said Craig.

HUD: In January and July of each year, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office requires each community to count the number of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in efforts to support strategic planning on behalf of homeless reduction in the country.

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reStart received a $4,800 2014 Catalyst grant from the 2014 ArtsKC Fund. The Arts at reStart project will serve at least 250 homeless youth and children. Project activities will introduce homeless children and youth to Kansas City’s professional arts community, improve access to professional arts experiences for an under-served population and encourage positive self-expression and build self-esteem in children and youth traumatized by homelessness. ArtsKC support will provide opportunities for homeless youth and children to engage in multi-disciplinary arts experiences, participate in hands-on projects for artistic creation, and conduct public presentations of their work.

The ArtsKC Fund is a united arts fund that provides a way for metro area residents to easily invest in the arts and artists and enrich the lives of everyone who lives in the Kansas City region.  Visit ArtsKC at: www.artskc.org

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reStart Clients & Staff Visit Missouri State Capitol for Advocacy Day

Thanks to a sponsorship from Hallmark Cards, reStart was able to host our 2nd annual Advocacy Day for reStart! Residents, volunteers and staff of reStart traveled to Jefferson City April 29th, to visit the Missouri State Capitol and learn about issues affecting homelessness. They were able to meet with State Legislators and leaders from State Agencies talk about Medicaid and made visits to the Department of Mental Health and Department of Social Services.

A big thank you to Secretary of State Jason Kander, Senator Kiki Curls, Senator Ryan Silvey, Senator Jolie Justus, Senator Jason Holsman, Representative Randy Dunn, Representative Gail McCann-Beatty, Representative John Rizzo, Representative Jeremy LaFaver, Representative Brandon Ellington, Representative Judy Morgan, Representative Kevin McManus, and Representative Noel Torpey for taking their time to meet with our clients. And thank you to Senator Paul LeVota for hosting us for lunch.

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