Topeka Seeks Volunteers For Count Of Homeless Population

By: 13 News at 4 (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: 13 News at 4 (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- City of Topeka Communications Director Suzie Gilbert and Chair of the Topeka/Shawnee County Homeless Task Force Corrie Wright visited 13 News at 4 to detail the upcoming Point in Time Homeless Count.

Some 200 volunteers are needed for the event, which takes place from 6 am to 8 pm Wednesday, January 29. Volunteers also must attened a one-hour training session January 21, 22 or 23.

Sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

In addition, a county-wide virtual food drive launched Wednesday. It's in partnership with Harvesters. To give, visit www.homelessandhungry.harvesters.org.

Additional information from the City of Topeka:
In Shawnee County in January 2013, 439 people were counted as homeless, including 343 in emergency shelters, 73 in transitional housing, and 23 unsheltered.

The data is staggering, and we need your help collecting it locally through the annual topeka/shawnee county point-in-time count. this year, the count will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th, and we need about 200 volunteers who will be trained the week before the count.

The count is set by the federal government, and is one of the requirements that enables the Topeka/Shawnee County continuum of care to receive more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for use on programs targeting homelessness.


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