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Survey Shows Homelessness Down in Sedgwick County, Slightly

The latest Point-In-Time Homeless Count shows a slight decrease in homelessness in Sedgwick County--very slight. Results show that, as of January 31 of this year,  the county has 12 fewer people who are experiencing literal homelessness than on the same date in 2012. 

The survey represents only a snapshot of homelessness on one night.

Literal homelessness refers to people who are either sheltered (using emergency or transitional housing)  or unsheltered (living in parks, abandoned buildings, cars or other places not meant for habitation.)

This definition does not include people who are staying with a friend, in a motel, in a treatment facility or jail.

Sedgwick County conducted its count by combining street surveys and a homeless services event at Century II.  United Way of the Plains helped coordinate the event, which linked participants with needed services and support.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development--or HUD--requires a "Point in Time" count of homeless people across the country every two years. Communities use the data gathered to determine the size and scope of homelessness in their area, and to plan programs and services to address homelessness.

When she's not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus Sunflower Espresso, Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW. She has worked in broadcast journalism at KFDI, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and at KMUW as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.