Youth Transitional Housing
Hillcrest's transitional youth program is one of the largest of its kind in the State of Kansas.
This is a 10-unit housing and life skills program aimed at helping youth transition to successful adult independent living. The program is for homeless youth ages 16 to 24. Hillcrest accepts youth from all over the Kansas City Metro.
What to Expect
Residents are given their own furnished living space with utilities included. A food pantry and laundry facilities are on-site. In addition, residents are supported by a case manager, resident managers, and apartment captains. This support team focuses on helping the youth to achieve their educational goals, obtain a job, manage their finances, and learn how to lead a productive and healthy adult life.
Residents are expected to abide by program and house rules while staying at Hillcrest. These rules include working toward an educational goal, 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.
Those interested in learning more about the opportunities that Hillcrest has to offer should contact the case manager at 913-827-8462 or complete our online application:
Apply for Housing - Youth Program
Be Inspired by These Graduate Stories!
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 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!
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 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!