Youth Transitional Housing

youth program

The Program
A housing program designed to equip unaccompanied, unhoused youth with the life skills and resources necessary for the next stage of life. The program is for homeless youth ages 16 to 24. Youth housing sites are located in Kansas City, KS, Independence MO, and Overland Park, KS.

What to Expect
Residents are provided a fully furnished, rent- and utility-free apartment for up to two years. Campuses also have laundry facilities and food pantries. While in the program, residents work toward BEEP (Budgeting, Educational, Employment, and Personal) Goals.

Our Expectations
Residents are expected to abide by program and house rules while staying at Hillcrest. These rules include working toward BEEP Goals, attending weekly life skills classes, meeting weekly with the case manager, obtaining a part-time job, contributing to savings and remaining drug- and alcohol-free while in the program.

Learn More
Those interested in learning more about the opportunities that Hillcrest has to offer should contact the case manager at (913) 400-2573 or complete our online application:

  • We participate in a combined application for several Youth Transitional Living Programs around the Kansas City area.
  • Clicking the button below will take you to a different website to fill out that combined application. (bit.ly/kctlp)
  • Please select the "HILLCREST KANSAS" location to make sure we receive your application through this multi-program form.

  • After submitting your online application, you must call the housing site you selected as your first choice within 24 hours. You must then continue with daily check-in calls to confirm you are still in need of the program. Leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and where you stayed the night before.

    A case manager will contact applicants to schedule an interview. Interviews are scheduled based on the application date and consistency of check-in calls.

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Be Inspired by These Graduate Stories!

Kellie’s Story

When Kellie graduated from the Hillcrest Youth Program, he left having earned his high school diploma, having paid-in-full for a vehicle, and saved $3,800. He took with him the life skills he learned at Hillcrest and was excited to live on his own. He rented a one-bedroom apartment, began working full-time, and was even considering taking college classes at night! Through his hard work and with Hillcrest's help, Kellie sleeps well at night knowing that he can pay his own bills. He can even invite his little brother over to his own apartment at any time and guide him in the right direction.


Sara’s Story

Sara was a fierce saver throughout the youth housing program. Eventually, she placed over $3,000 in savings and started to think about buying a car. She worked at getting her driver's license. When Sara decided that she was ready to try standing on her own two feet, she found a roommate and an apartment close to school. When asked what aspect of Hillcrest's program she most appreciated, she said without hesitation that learning to budget her money was most helpful. Sara did so well in Hillcrest's program that when a car was donated to the organization, the case managers chose Sara to receive it!


Vanessa’s Story

Hillcrest provided Vanessa shelter, food, bus passes, budget counseling, life skills classes, and access to medical treatment. While at Hillcrest, Vanessa worked and saved, and began her freshman year at a local college.

With the help of a scholarship, Vanessa was able to graduate from the youth program and move into student housing on her college's campus. She left the program with $6,000 in savings and the support of Hillcrest's youth staff rooting on her dreams to become a nurse!


Zenia’s Story

Zenia moved into the Hillcrest's youth program along with her five, younger siblings. After graduating the program, she and her family then moved into the Hillcrest Graduate Housing program where they learned to pay bills and be responsible for their own house. She continued to save money while establishing a rental history. She also completed her GED during that time.

Zenia saved enough to put a deposit and first month’s rent down on an apartment, and moved the family into their very own apartment. She now has a reliable vehicle, and her younger siblings are doing well in school. Zenia is the very definition of perseverance and success!

Hillcrest Gets Results "Addressing the total life situation of the homeless clients we serve"

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