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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.

Point in Time Homeless Count

Homeless Count Begins Today!

January 24, 2017

Beginning at 3 p.m. today, more than 150 volunteers will spread out through Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS to get an updated count of the number of homeless men, women, teens and children in our community.

The 2017 Greater Kansas City Point in Time homeless count, a federally mandated survey, will be conducted from 3-9:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 25).

Point-in-Time (PIT) counts are unduplicated counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and are conducted nationwide by Continuums of Care. The data help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. Here in Greater Kansas City, trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, soup kitchens and many other locations to conduct one-on-one PIT surveys.

“Knowing the number and nature of persons who are homeless and understanding the trends can help Kansas City as a community better understand the scope of the problem, improve homeless system efficiency, target scarce resources strategically, and promote effective interventions,” said Evelyn E. Craig, president and CEO of reStart and PIT Committee co-chair.

For the first time this year, volunteers will collect the data electronically; Kansas City is one of only a few cities nationwide using the electronic survey.

“The ICA PIT Portal includes web-enabled, customizable data collection tools created by Institute for Community Alliances specifically to support communities in conducting their homeless-related point-in-time and housing inventory counts. The Greater Kansas City continuum of care is one of the earliest adopters of these cutting edge instruments, striving to ensure the most efficient, comprehensive and high-quality data collection possible during the HUD-required surveys,” said Kristine Frakes, director of community impact for the Institute for Community Alliances.

Communities like Kansas City that receive federal Continuum of Care (CoC) 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 allocation.

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig
Cell: 913.706.1469
Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

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

reStart Receives Mental Health Grant from Health Care Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 7, 2017

reStart Receives Mental Health Grant from Health Care Foundation

Kansas City, MO — reStart Inc. has received a $157,630 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, focused on providing and expanding comprehensive client-centered mental and behavioral health services for the homeless adults, youth and families served at reStart.

The grant will provide support for therapists and mental health professionals to offer reStart residents with on-site, integrated mental health care services to improve functioning, stability and self-sufficiency. This is the second grant supporting mental health services that reStart has received from the Health Care Foundation in 2017.

“We are so grateful to the Health Care Foundation for understanding the importance of providing this type of service for our most vulnerable populations,” said Evie Craig, president and CEO at reStart, Inc. “So many homeless people also are dealing with mental health issues, and this grant is a huge help in allowing us to meet those needs.”

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For more information contact:
Evie Craig
Phone: (816) 472-5664
Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

About reStart, Inc.

reStart is a non-profit organization that aims to end homelessness in Kansas City. reStart works with all populations of people experiencing homelessness and collaborates with various  local, regional, and national – corporate, civic, foundation, and community based – partners to carry out its mission: to provide shelter and supportive services to move homeless men, women, youth and families toward self-sufficiency with the goal of ending homelessness in our community.

For more information, please visit www.restartinc.org.

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City provides leadership advocacy and resources that eliminate barriers and promotes quality health for the uninsured and underserved. Since it began grantmaking in 2005, HCF has awarded over $218 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community. For more information, visit www.hcfgkc.org.

Point in Time 2017 Results

The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness recently announced the results of this year’s Point in Time Homeless count.

Evie Craig explains PIT results at a press conference

The numbers have been fairly consistent over the last three years, but the drop is encouraging, said Evie Craig, the president and CEO of reStart Inc. and co-chair of the 2017 Point in Time count.

“We look at the numbers, and I say to the community, ‘This is manageable. We can do this,’ ” she said.

Click here to see the Kansas City Star’s story about the encouraging results.

Click here to see details of Point in Time statistics.

Crawfish Festival Logo

Crawfish Festival 2017

Above, reStart President and CEO Evie Craig and reStart Board Chair Leslie Sims (right) celebrate the announcement of this year’s proceeds, which brings the total amount raised by the Crawdaddies for reStart over the past three years to $125,000!

A huge thank you to the Secret Order of the Crawdaddies, whose fun-filled Village Crawfish Festival on Saturday, May 13 raised $35,000 to benefit the programs at reStart. Thanks to all the event sponsors and volunteers who made the evening such a great success.

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.