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Newsroom Everybody Counts! The 2009 Kansas Homeless Count

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