The Kansas City Council on Youth Homelessness is a coalition of 36 organizations and agencies from different sectors that are working together to end youth homelessness in the bi-state Kansas City region by 2020, the goal defined by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.* To achieve this goal, the Council is dedicated to providing homeless youth with access to safe, stable housing; continued education and gainful employment, improved social and emotional well-being, and permanent connections to supportive adults, communities, health care services, and positive social networks.
Membership and Structure
The Kansas City Council on Youth Homelessness is co-chaired by one local, one state, and one federal government representative and includes 35 members from an array of government agencies, nonprofit service providers, public school districts, universities, and community organizations.
Membership is open to representatives across the 14-county Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Members are nominated by community stakeholders based on the nominees' professional qualifications and reputation in the areas of leadership, innovation, collaboration, and commitment. They are selected by the Council co-chairs, with the goal of limiting membership to one representative per organization to ensure equitable participation. The Council co-chairs, Nancy Thoma (federal) and Scott Wagner (local), were originally elected by community stakeholders through a simple majority vote and are scheduled to serve a two-year term, ending in March 2019. The state-level co-chair position is currently open.
The Council meets for two hours once a month at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The Cookingham Institute facilitates these meetings and related reporting, thanks to grant support from the REACH Healthcare Foundation.
The Council is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2020 in accordance with the federal deadline to end youth homelessness.
- Convene key local, state, and federal stakeholders who are committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness in the Kansas City region.
- Share information across domains to build more effective collaborations, strategies, and outcomes.
- Serve as a platform to leverage both existing and new funding sources while also mainstreaming programs that support coordinated community response and systems-level improvements.
- Offer technical assistance and other guidance in respect to addressing systems and policy challenges and barriers that impede progress at the community level.
- Be a conduit for research that addresses community needs across the region by sharing relevant data and modeling policy/practice information that has been shown to prevent and end youth homelessness.
- March 20, 2017
- April 17, 2017
- May 22, 2017
- June 12, 2017
- July 24, 2017
- August 28, 2017
- September 13, 2017
- October 23, 2017
- November 27, 2017
*U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, Amendment 2012. Washington D.C. 2012.