COMBAT, KC Housing Authority to Open
New Drug Prevention and Resource Center

June 16, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) and the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri have combined resources to form the new Housing Authority of Kansas City & COMBAT Drug Prevention & Resource Center. 

County and City Officials will participate in a press conference to announce the opening of the center on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. The press conference will take place at the Housing Authority’s Clymer Center (1301 Vine, Kansas City, Missouri). Those scheduled to participate in the announcement include Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza-Ruiz, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, Kansas City Councilmember’s Jim Glover and Melba Curls, COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young and Housing Authority Executive Director Edwin Lowndes.

The center was created without the use of any additional funding, utilizing programs and services already in existence. This partnership will address substance abuse issues in the community, merging COMBAT programs and resources with Housing Authority’s resident services, housing them in one location at the Clymer Center.

The Housing Authority & COMBAT Drug Prevention & Resource Center will offer a continuum of drug prevention services including mentoring, tutoring, counseling, job readiness, referral services, recreation and other prevention services.  Each participant will undergo an assessment and be referred to the appropriate service and/or activity. During the summer, services will be provided Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Times will change in the fall. Also, each youth who attends programs will be provided a meal every day. All services will be provided free of charge to the clients.

The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to improve assistance to Jackson County residents, while broadening the base of support for drug prevention programs in a safe and constructive environment.