Homeless Count Looking for Volunteers

Shawnee County is one of 40 Kansas counties selected to participate in the “Everybody Counts!” 2009 statewide point-in-time homeless count Initiative. Such a count has historically been conducted every-two years during the last week of January as a requirement for communities that receive HUD funding for housing and homeless services.

This initiative will track the number of persons experiencing homelessness and catch a glimpse of what homelessness looks like across the state.

This year, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and SRS-Disability and Behavioral Health Services collaborated to sponsor the first coordinated, statewide Point-In-Time Homeless Count. United Way of the Plains (UWP) was awarded a grant to conduct the statewide Count and generate an aggregate state report of the data, supplemented with county specific appendices.

The success of this initiative depends on community involvement. If you can volunteer for Everybody Counts!, it will benefit the people served through its HUD funded homeless programs.

To volunteer, please contact Doug Wallace, Valeo Behavioral Health Care at 1-785-783-3106 or sign up at www.topeka.org and click on the link for the Point-In-Time Count.