Homeless agency aims to provide paths to self-sufficiency

Jim Cunningham
November 01, 2017 - 4:54 am

A local agency is employing the old concept offering a hand up instead of a hand out to homeless people. 

When a person come to Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, they get more than meal and a place to lay their head. The mission is to move homeless people into self-sufficiency within 90 days, said Chuck Arney, Hillcrest director.

"So many don't want to be there, and we're just providing a way for them to make that choice," Arney said. 

The organization is seeing more homeless young people who have aged out of foster care. 

"We now have, at any time, a capacity of 15 units of homeless teenagers," Arney said. 

Operating costs continue to soar because the agency is getting more people who are asking for help, Arney said. 

Saturday, the Hillcrest Transitional Housing is holding a gala at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe. Tickets are $100. 

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