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Kim Wilson Housing, Inc.'s Housing Programs

Permanent Supportive Housing
Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. (KWH) specializes in managing permanent supportive housing programs. In concert with
its sister organization, Wyandot Center, KWH manages Beacon Homes, a HUD-funded permanent housing program.  Beacon Homes provide 24 scattered site affordable housing units in Kansas City, KS for chronically homeless adults. See Our Impact for more information on the outcomes of this unique partnership between Wyandot, Inc.'s sister organizations. Referrals to Beacon Homes must come from the Greater Kansas City Coordinated Entry System.

For more information, contact Erin Pullen, director of housing programs at KWH,  at

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What Is Permanent Supportive Housing?

Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is the coupling of a financial housing subsidy to offset the cost of the housing with supportive services in an independent living situation in which the client has housing rights. PSH is permanent housing, as there are no time limits. Supportive services can be provided by any community-based agency that is able to support the client in housing stabilization. Supportive services are most commonly provided by mental health, substance recovery and health agencies. While supportive services are voluntary, agencies that provide PSH are committed to ensuring that clients retain their housing.

More About Permanent Supportive

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is typically for disabled individuals or a family with a disabled member, who are experiencing street or shelter homelessness and who are identified as having significant vulnerabilities that render them incapable or unlikely to access housing on his/her own and successfully sustain it. PSH is often the housing model of choice for households experiencing chronic homelessness, severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders and chronic medical conditions. PSH is an evidenced-based practice, which means it has been studied and proven to be successful at achieving its goal, which is to help clients maintain their housing. Communities usually utilize an assessment tool to determine vulnerability and then prioritize housing placement based on length of homelessness and severity of vulnerability. PSH does not have prerequisites, and an individual or family does not have to demonstrate sobriety or active participation in their mental health care to be eligible for housing placement.

Rapid Rehousing

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. (KWH) provides Rapid Rehousing to homeless households.  Households must be homeless to qualify. Referrals must come though the Greater Kansas City Coordinated Entry System.

For more information, contact Michele Fox, director of housing programs at KWH,  at

What is Rapid Re-housing?

Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the near term. The core components of a rapid re-housing program are housing identification, move-in and rent assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These core components represent the minimum that a program must be providing to households to be considered a rapid re-housing program.