VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2011 KANSAS HOMELESS COUNT

–Biennial Point-In-Time Count to Take Place January 26, 2011–

TOPEKA, KS – December 1, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Kansas Point-in-Time Count Partnership is seeking volunteers for the 2011 count of persons experiencing homelessness in Kansas. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to communities and local organizations that participate in homeless assistance planning programs, or what’s referred to as a Continuum of Care (CoC) network. HUD requires Point-in-Time counts every two years for all networks wishing to maintain and use federal funding. In Kansas, five CoC networks will conduct the statewide coordinated count on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

CoC lead agencies from Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte Counties will spearhead the count with the help of partner staff members, city and county officials, law enforcement officers, SRS workers, volunteers, and even persons who are homeless themselves.  Volunteers in at least 40 counties across Kansas will survey homeless individuals who are staying in shelters or living in cars, abandoned buildings, under bridges, etc. Other volunteers will help with data entry and other needed support. Training will be provided.

Point-in-Time surveys allow communities to look at trends in the homeless population. Some of the questions on the Kansas surveys include these topics:

  • places where persons might have stayed that night
  • length of time spent homeless
  • number of times they’ve been homeless
  • family size including children
  • veteran’s status
  • mental health
  • substance abuse or domestic violence issues
  • HIV/AIDS related illnesses
  • job status

Partner organizations helping to coordinate the count include members of non-profit and/or faith-based organizations directly serving individuals and families throughout the state, as well as the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Veterans Administration, and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the 2011 Point-In-Time Count is urged to contact one of the following:

In Douglas County

Danelle Dresslar, City of Lawrence

(785) 832-3108 ddresslar (at) lawrenceks (dot) org

Contacts for the remaining 100 counties will be listed on the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition’s website www.kshomeless.com.  For more information, please contact the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition at 785.354.4990 or info (at) kshomeless (dot) com.

Contact:
Diane Etzel-Wise, Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition
785-354-4990, info (at) kshomeless (dot) com

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The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) was formed pursuant to K.S.A. 74-8904(v) per the Governor's Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) # 30.  KHRC is a subsidiary corporation of the Kansas Development Finance Authority. 

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.

Contact:

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
611 South Kansas Avenue, Suite 300
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3803
Phone: (785) 296-5865
Fax: (785) 296-8985

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