TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Concerns about the homeless in northeast Kansas have risen as temperatures have plummeted.
Topeka Rescue Mission Executive Director Barry Feaker said Monday that arctic weather has made its outreach efforts more urgent. The mission had a team of four people out looking for homeless Topeka residents.
Feaker said the mission sends the team out regularly to connect the homeless to services and to offer them shelter. He said the team went to encampments late last week to warn residents that frigid weather was coming.
In some cases, the mission will help with warmer clothing and tents if people won't leave the streets.
Feaker said more than 300 people stayed at the rescue mission Sunday night, with at least a few new residents because of the weather.