SAVE, Inc. awarded grant from Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Contact: Sara Gardner Telephone: (816) 531-8340 x230 E-mail: sgardner@saveinckc.org

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SAVE, Inc. awarded grant from Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City

SAVE, Inc. received a $45,000 grant award from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) on May 1, 2013. This grant will help fund SAVE, Inc.’s Housing Support Project. Specifically these funds will support SAVE, Inc. Housing Specialists, who work to ensure that low-income and disabled individuals and families are able to access and maintain permanent housing. The Housing Specialists work directly with case management teams to ensure clients have the resources they need to rebuild their health and to succeed long-term with housing.

“The Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City has been a great advocate for addressing the big picture needs of underserved individuals in Kansas City,” says Stephen O’Neill, SAVE, Inc.’s Director of Client Services. “It is difficult to effectively address an individual’s healthcare needs if they do not have stability elsewhere or are consistently returning to negative environmental stressors. Permanent, supportive housing can ensure greater adherence to medications or health practices, resulting in positive healthcare outcomes. We are grateful that HCF recognizes and supports SAVE, Inc. and this critical link.”

Clients on the Housing Support Project are able to choose the unit that best meets their needs, anywhere in a 15-county area. The client pays 30% of their income, and SAVE, Inc. pays the remaining balance directly to the landlord – thus allowing clients a small amount of financial flexibility to address any other health or social need, while also supporting private landlords throughout the metro area.

SAVE, Inc. was founded in 1986 by a group of volunteers who recognized the need to provide home and dignity for those struggling with HIV/AIDS. SAVE, Inc. has since grown into the leading social service housing agency in Kansas City serving those with mental illness or substance abuse as well as those living with HIV/AIDS.

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