Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County2024-03-21T06:51:32-05:00

Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County

Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County logo.

Formerly known as Impact ICT – Continuum of Care

Working to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for all our neighbors.

Are you homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness and looking for help? Dial 2-1-1 today. Our caring team of call specialists can connect you to community resources to meet your needs.

WORKING TOGETHER TO END HOMELESSNESS

Home. It’s where we lay our head at night. Where we cook dinner with family. Where we feel the most safe and secure. Everything starts at home. But what if you have no home? Without a home, it’s hard to keep a job. Without a job, it’s hard to keep a home.

A lack of steady income, insufficient affordable housing, mental health, domestic violence, addiction – the reasons for homelessness are endless and far too great for one organization to tackle alone.

United Way is bringing together key players to end homelessness. United Way is the lead agency for the Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County, comprised of nonprofits; faith community; federal, state, and local governments; businesses; and other community advocates. Together, the coalition works to resolve homelessness by identifying and eliminating barriers to housing, coordinating and providing client directed services and housing, and annually applying for grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Want to join the coalition?

Contact the Coalition to End Homelessness team at endhomelessness@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321.

Sign up to receive the coalition’s weekly email digest with news, events and updates about local efforts to end homelessness.

EVERYBODY COUNTS:
ANNUAL POINT-IN-TIME HOMELESS COUNT

Each year, United Way coordinates a count of the homeless population. Volunteers hit the streets and visit shelters over a 24-hour period to interview people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Those in shelter are counted through the coalition’s Homeless Management Information System. It’s about more than just getting a count. It’s about learning why individuals are homeless,  what services they need to succeed and connecting our neighbors back to resources. The count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, but the data also helps the Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County plan programming, make informed funding decisions and measure the progress of their work.

Point-in-Time Count Report

The 2024 count was held in January. Data will be released in the summer. 

View results of our most recent Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-in-Time Homeless Count below. For more information regarding past counts, please contact the Coalition to End Homelessness team at endhomelessness@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267-1321.

For more information about the 2023 Point-in-Time Count results, read our blog post

CONTINUUM OF CARE COMPETITION AWARDS

On Jan. 29, 2024, HUD announced nearly $3.16 billion in Continuum of Care program awards for over 7,000 projects across the nation that provide housing assistance and/or supportive services to people experiencing homelessness, as well as costs related to planning and data collection. The Coalition to End Homelessness received $3 million, fully funding the coalition’s request and adding two new housing programs.

Agency
Project
Award
Catholic Charities Wichita Catholic Charities Rapid ReHousing: Provides short-term (6-12 months) rental assistance and supportive services to unhoused households. $282,510
City of Wichita – Dept. of Housing and Community Services Housing First Evolution: Expansion of an existing City of Wichita and Sedgwick County program, Housing First, designed to move chronically homeless households into permanent housing and stabilize through indefinite rental assistance and supportive services. $202,222
COMCARE Shelter Plus Care: Provides rental assistance and supportive services through community partners to chronically homeless and disabled homeless households. $616,271
HumanKind Ministries Villa Central: Provides set-aside, low-income housing units in an existing apartment building with supportive services for chronically homeless households. $43,050
HumanKind Ministries Villa Courts: Provides set-aside, low-income housing units in an existing apartment building with supportive services for chronically homeless households. $131,977
HumanKind Ministries Villa North: Provides set-aside, low-income housing units in an existing apartment building with supportive services for chronically homeless households. $69,815
HumanKind Ministries Rapid ReHousing: Provides short-term (6-12 months) rental assistance and supportive services to unhoused households. $195,989
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas Dual Diagnosis Permanent Supportive Housing: Provides indefinite housing assistance through leased units and rental assistance for chronically homeless households with both a substance use disorder and a severe and persistent mental illness. $288,694
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas Permanent Supportive Housing, Consolidated: Provides indefinite housing assistance through leased units and rental assistance for chronically homeless households. $192,158
The Salvation Army Wichita Transitional Housing – Rapid ReHousing: Provides short-term (6-12 months) rental assistance, long-term (0-24 months) transitional housing, and supportive services to unhoused families with children, couples, and single women. $167,296
United Methodist Open Door Family Rapid ReHousing: Provides short-term (6-12 months) rental assistance and supportive services to unhoused families with children. $167,651
United Way of the Plains HMIS-CE: Ensures the coalition is able to share data across agencies through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); also responsible for managing data quality, generating reports, and tracking community progress on ending homelessness. $300,735
United Way of the Plains CoC Planning Project: Ensures the coalition complies with federal requirements for CoC funding through monitoring, regular evaluation, system mapping and planning, and applying for future grants. $140,000
United Way of the Plains Coordinated Entry: Ensures the Coalition prioritizes the most vulnerable homeless households for resources first, manages communitywide case conferencing, and adds additional support to homeless households through housing navigation. $205,557
TOTAL $3,003,925

LIVE UNITED BLOG: HOMELESS SERVICES

Read our latest blog posts about our work in homeless services.

2024 COALITION BOARD

The board directs the coalition and provides oversight. The current board is made up of 19 seats, each representing different parts of the coalition’s general membership. The board is elected by the coalition’s voting membership.

Sally Stang, Board Chair
Wichita Housing and Community Services

Andy Houltberg, Vice Chair
Breakthrough | Episcopal Social Services

LaTasha St. Arnault
HumanKind Ministries

Jennifer Avery
Wichita Children’s Home

Kenny Barker
Robert. J. Dole VA Medical Center

Steve Dixon
P.B. Hoidale

Angie Elliot
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kenadee Kessler
Statewide Executive Youth Action Board Council

Denise Lawson
USD 259 – Wichita Public Schools

Fred Linker
Community Volunteer

Teresa Lovelady
HealthCore

Matt Lowe
United Way of the Plains

LeAnne Miller
Catholic Charities Wichita

Kent Miracle
The Print Source, Inc.

Jen Parker
COMCARE

Major Nancy Powers
The Salvation Army South Central Area Command

Laura Ritterbush
Goodwill Industries of Kansas

Andrea Scarpelli
Emprise Bank

Officer Nate Schwiethale
Wichita Police Department

SPONSORS

Special thanks to these generous organizations for supporting our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for all our neighbors in Sedgwick County.

Bank of America logo.
Boyd gaming logo.
Fidliety Bank logo..

QUESTIONS?

The Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County is managed by Matt Lowe, Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs at United Way of the Plains. For more information, contact Matt at mlowe@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267-1321 ext. 4233.

OUR FOCUS

Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.

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