Rita Carr is the Director of Community Planning. Among her responsibilities, Rita leads and convenes the KS-505 Continuum of Care (CoC) on Homelessness, a community collaboration that seeks to improve the community’s response to poverty and homelessness. The CoC is made up of both private and public organizations and agencies who either serve those who are currently homeless or those who are most at risk. She convenes and leads the Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant fund process. Additionally, she serves on the Trauma Informed Care Committee, COMVAC.
Prior to joining UCS, Rita was the Director of Youth and Family Services at reStart, Inc. where she led their youth and family homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, and youth street outreach. She has more than fifteen years of experience working with youth and families experiencing housing instability in the Kansas City metro area. Rita has participated in the Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) for the last 5 years and currently serves as Co-Chair of the CoC Board. She has also served on UCS’ Transitional Aged Youth Planning and Implementation Project and has actively participated in the annual Point in Time Count work for our Johnson County CoC.