United Way of the Plains

Annual report indicates rise in Wichita's homeless population

May 21, 2019 - 1:58 am

A yearly report from United Way of the Plains indicates a 3.5% rise in homelessness for Wichita and Sedgwick County.  The annual point-in-time homeless count for Wichita and Sedgwick County says the total number of homeless people in Wichita and Sedgwick County is at 593, up from 573 in 2018. That includes 57 homeless veterans, one less than 2018.

The survey represents only a snapshot of homelessness on one specific night, using the definition of literal homelessness from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The report does indicate a 40% drop in chronic homelessness. Local officials attribute to increases in the number of transitional housing beds. Homeless individuals in transitional housing are still considered homeless, but not chronically homeless.

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