Artists Helping The Homeless: BE THE CHANGE

The BE THE CHANGE (BTC) Program fills critical gaps in the local safety net to prevent substance use relapse and to address substance use disorder and co-existing conditions among individuals who are experiencing homelessness. While AHH assists all segments of the homeless population across the metro, the COMBAT-funded activities target homeless individuals in Jackson County who have substance use disorders. Many of them are referred by hospitals, social detox, residential services, jails, and other agencies.

The BTC's Discharge Planning service meets people where they are, literally and figuratively. The process starts with a needs assessment.

AHH assists in developing and executing discharge plans, including transporting people to placements and assuring admission with a warm hand-off. Follow-up support and assistance is available when needed.

This innovative longitudinal approach fosters communication, coordination and engagement, which improves efficiency and outcomes for both the individual and the agencies that serve them. AHH can fill housing gaps directly, including at its two residential facilities. Its Residential service offers extensive wrap-around services tailored to the resident.

This approach has proven effective with young adult males whose behavior has alienated them from families and agencies that could help them.

The program's goal is to assist unhoused people in stabilizing and addressing substance use and co-existing conditions with the ultimate goal of maintaining sobriety, securing jobs, independent housing and living fulfilling lives. When this happens, the community benefits from reduced, if not eliminated law enforcement interaction and reliance on emergency services.


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816-668-1007 •

2023 COMBAT Funding:

2023 Service Projection:
250 People

Areas Of Focus

Bodhi House, 3625 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Finnegan Place, 3006 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109

Recognizing the target population's critical need for transportation, the BE THE CHANGE Program is unique in meeeting people where they are, hospitals, mental health services, detox and treatment facilities, jails-police stations, transitional living facilities and other places across the metro.