Annual Topeka point-in-time homeless count to be held next week

Bob Jones, shown in this photo, was among hundreds of homeless Topekans surveyed during last year’s annual point-in-time homeless count. This year’s count will take place Wednesday. (2017 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

Topeka’s city government and community partners will conduct their annual point-in-time homeless count from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities — to receive funding for homelessness-related programs — to complete an annual point-in-time count of homeless residents, said Corrie Wright, the city’s division director of housing services, in a news release this week.

”This is one of the important ways for Topeka to determine whether we are meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness,” Wright said.

The count is vital to securing about $2 million the city receives annually for housing and support services from HUD.

Wright said the information gathered would help the city government to understand the face of homelessness within the community, make sure services are meeting the needs of homeless people, raise public awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness and measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.

Efforts linked to the point-in-time count will continue Jan. 29. Wright asked those who are experiencing homelessness — or know someone who is — to call (785) 368-0168 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. that day, or to complete a survey that day at the Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas Ave., or Let’s Help, 200 S. Kansas Ave.

Interviewers will also be available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Holliday Conference Room at the city’s Holliday Building, 620 S.E. Madison.

Reporter Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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