Count indicates slight increase in Wichita homeless

Steve McIntosh
May 03, 2017 - 5:13 am

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WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) - The United Way of the Plains released results of the 2017 Wichita/Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count. It shows a slight increase in the number of literally homeless individuals since 2016. 

The survey, which represents only a snapshot of homelessness on one specific night, found that on January 25th, 2017, an estimated 575 people in Sedgwick County experienced literal homelessness. That's up seven-tenths percent from 571 in 2016 according to the definition from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The number of homeless veterans increased to 57 in 2017, up from 46 in 2016. The overall number of chronically homeless individuals held steady at 39 when compared to 2016. HUD requires a "Point-in-Time Count of Unsheltered Homeless Persons" across the country every two years. 

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