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UCS Launches Speaker Series on Transitional-Age Youth

UCS Launches Speaker Series on Transitional-Age Youth

UCS is partnering with area agencies to implement the Transitional-Age Youth (TAY) Planning Project. The goal of this project is that every at-risk transitional-age youth in Johnson County will enter adulthood successfully. The project is being guided by a Leadership Team consisting of decision-makers from agencies that serve at-risk TAY, including youth who age out of the foster care system without a permanent home, exit the juvenile corrections system, are experiencing homelessness, or who have severe and persistent mental illness. Following a year-long planning process the Leadership Team is now implementing a plan that coordinates best practices, protocols, and evaluation ...
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FY2018 Application for HUD CoC Funding; U.S. Census 2017 Poverty Estimates

FY2018 Application for HUD CoC Funding; U.S. Census 2017 Poverty Estimates

UCS Posts FY2018 Application for HUD CoC Funding UCS acts as the lead agency for Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) and completes the annual collaborative application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with assistance from local members. The CoC’s annual competition is an opportunity for local providers of housing and services dedicated for those experiencing homelessness to compete for federal dollars to support programming that serves Johnson County residents. The final draft of KS-505’s FY2018 application for HUD’s CoC annual competition – including both the collaborative application and the priority project listings – ...
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New Director of Education and Planning; KS Prevention Conference 2018

New Director of Education and Planning; KS Prevention Conference 2018

UCS Announces New Director of Education and Planning UCS is pleased to announce Kristy Baughman will be joining our staff as the organization's new Director of Education and Planning. Baughman is currently the Advocacy and Education Manager with Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, MO. Prior to joining Rose Brooks Center, Kristy spent more than 12 years working internationally with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls, including advocating for gender-based violence prevention and response, as well as designing and implementing gender-based violence training in nine different countries. Her international career led her to work in Russia, ...
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New Transitional Living Program; UCS Guest Editorial

New Transitional Living Program; UCS Guest Editorial

New Transitional Living Program Opens in Johnson County This week reStart will be opening its Johnson County Transitional Living Program (youthStart) for single individuals age 18-21 -- who we often referred to as transitional-age youth. Strong community support from area agencies and professionals who participate in Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness and the Transitional-Age Youth Planning Project (both facilitated by UCS) have helped make this new low barrier housing opportunity a reality. This new shared housing opportunity is available for transitional-age youth experiencing homelessness. Participants will be supported in their pathway to fully independent living and will participate in life skills ...
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New UCS Website; NOFA Application Due Dates

New UCS Website; NOFA Application Due Dates

UCS Launches New Website UCS has redesigned its website! Click http://ucsjoco.org/ and explore our new site. We have: Updated the site to be mobile compliant with a fresh modern design Added New Interactive Community Maps - learn more about the community, down to individual census tracks Easy navigation to find data, research and information REMINDER: Upcoming dates related to KS-505's FY 2018 CoC NOFA application process The FY 2018 CoC application is due September 18, 2018 to HUD. To view the full notice and learn more about applicant eligibility and requirements, click here. Potential applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent via email ...
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2018 CoC Application Due Dates; Human Service Summit Summary Report

2018 CoC Application Due Dates; Human Service Summit Summary Report

HUD’s FY 2018 Continuum of Care on Homelessness’ Competition released June 20, due September 18, 2018 Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases a competitive funding opportunity to Continuums of Care nationally working to end homelessness.  UCS acts as Johnson County’s CoC lead agency (KS-505) and submits the application annually on behalf of local members.  In FY 2017, $704,000 was awarded to members of KS-505’s CoC to support 10 programs in Johnson County offering permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and transitional housing in addition to data management services and planning support. KS-505’s CoC application is ...
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Register for Human Service Summit; Alcohol Tax Fund 2019-2021 Funding Priorities Recommendations Report

Register for Human Service Summit; Alcohol Tax Fund 2019-2021 Funding Priorities Recommendations Report

Register now for the June 13th Human Service Summit - Investing in Healthy Communities - Deadline June 8th Join UCS for the 2018 Human Service Summit: Investing in Healthy Communities , and be a part of the community conversation about what impacts our health and well-being. This is a unique opportunity to come together with representatives from various community sectors who care deeply about Johnson County. Our community's economic vitality and sustainability are only as healthy as those who live and work in it. When: 8:30 a.m. - NOON Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Where: Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 8788 Metcalf Overland ...
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Housing Affordability in Johnson County; Register for Human Service Summit

Housing Affordability in Johnson County; Register for Human Service Summit

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN JOHNSON COUNTY Safe, stable, and affordable housing is the foundation on which families build healthy and sustainable futures. Housing also represents one of the largest expenses in a household budget, and where one lives can impact access to schools, jobs, and community resources. Housing influences both individual and community health and well-being in significant ways. Substandard housing conditions such as water leaks, poor ventilation, dirty carpets and pest infestation can lead to mold, mites and other allergens associated with poor health. Rapidly increasing property values can displace low- and fixed-income home owners unable to keep up with ...
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2018 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count; Grant Application Meetings for 2019 Alcohol Tax Fund

2018 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count; Grant Application Meetings for 2019 Alcohol Tax Fund

UCS Releases 2018 Johnson County Point-In-Time Count Data on Homelessness Today, UCS released its annual factsheet on homelessness. One hundred and sixty-eight persons were identified in Johnson County's 2018 point-in-time (PIT) count of homelessness - a sharp increase after years of decreasing overall numbers. The increased number of unsheltered individuals powered much of the almost 30% one-year rise - although all categories of housing increased somewhat. Understanding who is experiencing homelessness and their barriers to regaining permanent housing is critical in Johnson County's work to end homelessness in 2018 and beyond. 2018 PIT results reverse the recent trend of decreasing ...
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Registration Reminder for 2018 Human Service Summit

Registration Reminder for 2018 Human Service Summit

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JUNE 13 HUMAN SERVICE SUMMIT Join UCS for the 2018 Human Service Summit, and be a part of the community conversation about what impacts our health and well-being. This is a unique opportunity to come together with representatives from various community sectors who care deeply about Johnson County. Our community's economic vitality and sustainability is only as healthy as those who live and work in it. When 8:30 a.m. - NOON Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Where Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 8788 Metcalf Overland Park, KS 66212 The morning kicks off with Dr. Marci Nielsen as the keynote ...
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