The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Division of
Disability and Behavioral Health Services is partnering with Kansas Housing
Resources Corporation, United Way of the Plains and communities throughout
Kansas to conduct a coordinated statewide count of homeless persons on January
28, 2009. This historic initiative will allow Kansas to establish a baseline
number of persons experiencing homelessness, and catch a glimpse of what
homelessness looks like across the state.
A Point-In-Time Homeless Count has historically been conducted every two
years during the last week of January as a requirement for communities that
receive the U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding for housing and homeless
services. This year, the Kansas Homeless Count will be conducted in 40 of the
105 counties across Kansas. The 40 counties comprise a stratified sample based
on population size, and taking into account the percentage of rural vs. urban
areas and the percentage of persons living in poverty.
The success of this initiative depends on community involvement. If you can
participate in the activities needed to make Everybody Counts! a success, it
will benefit the people served through HUD funded homeless programs as well as
State policy makers who oversee State service programs. There are several
activities for Everybody Counts! from which you could choose to participate.
To register to participate please visit this link:
For more information, please contact Luella Sanders, Director of
Community Planning, with United Way of the Plains at 1-316-267-1321 Ext. 4214 or