Our housing program is to offer a hand-up approach to serving members of the LGBTQ community to move from unstable housing, unhoused or street homelessness to maintaining their own stable and sustainable housing.
For the first year, 2021, Lion House will house a minimum of 12 LGBTQ families, with the hope of being able to continue growing the program on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the state line.
Lion House is available to all unhoused/homeless members of the LGBTQ community. There are certain income requirements that must be met in accordance with HUD guidelines. Names of people and families to be housed must come from the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness, By Name List, which people can be added to by completing the VISPDAT/VAT assessment with an authorized organization.
What is transitional housing?
Transitional housing is a short term housing program that is designed to best support specific segments of the homeless population, including working homeless people who are earning too little money to afford long-term housing. Transitional housing is set up to transition residents into permanent, affordable housing over the course of a 12 month period of time.
What is Rapid Re-housing?
Rapid Re-housing is designed to serve those who could reasonably be approved for a lease, but are financially unable to afford the cost of living; Rapid Re-housing programs assist with those expenses.
What does our non-profit model look like?
Lion House is not its own non-profit organization. Our Spot KC is the backbone organization that houses the program within their nonprofit. With the assistance of Save Inc. and Avenue of Life the ultimate goal for the program was to approach the work from a collective impact model.
What is a collective impact model?
A Collective Impact model creates lasting solutions to social problems through an intentional way of working together and sharing information for the purpose of solving a complex problem. Large scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
How do we get funding?
Lion House is a HUD funded program with supplemental funding coming from a variety of other sources, such as: city grants, state grants, foundation grants and private donations.
Where does the money go?
The money raised by and granted to the Lion House Program goes directly into the program and service offerings as well as expansion of the number of housing units provided.