Functional Zero Homelessness for Veterans: How You can Help

City of Wichita logo.
Robert J Dole VA Medical Center logo.
Sedgwick County logo.
United Way of the Plains logo.

It is our nation’s duty to ensure all veterans have a place to call home. On July 6, 2023, we announced a plan to fulfill that duty, to reach functional zero for unhoused veterans in the Wichita community (pictured above). This goal is shared by a large contingency of organizations in Wichita – from elected officials at the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County, to the agencies and individuals serving on our Continuum of Care, to religious organizations, veteran service providers and more.

Homelessness is not a simple issue. If it were as easy as providing four walls and a roof to everyone without a home, we could solve homelessness tomorrow. Instead, it is a complex, systemic and often heartbreaking problem.

While our Homelessness Task Force works toward functional zero homelessness for all unhoused individuals, we believe we can accomplish this goal for our veterans in 2024. Functional zero homelessness is defined as when the number of people experiencing homelessness never exceeds the community’s capacity to move people into permanent housing.

We thank all the agencies currently helping in this endeavor. They include:

  • American Legion Post 4
  • Blessed Sacrament St. Vincent DePaul
  • City of Wichita
  • DAV
  • Fountain of Life Ministries
  • Greater Wichita Partnership
  • HumanKind
  • KanVets
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Passageways
  • Project Hope
  • Sedgwick County
  • UMOD
  • United Way of the Plains
  • SSVF Catholic Charities
  • SSVF The Salvation Army
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

But we need your help. We know our community is a giving one. We are asking business owners and individuals to join us to support and assist our veterans when they need us most. From moving companies, to landlords, to nursing facilities, to furniture and home goods, and groceries, job training, medical care and more – it will take a community coming together to help reach this goal. We believe in Wichita, and we believe that together we can do this.

If you’d like to join us in our efforts to help house our city’s veterans, please, reach out to us at We believe in you, Wichita, and we know that together we can do this.

Council Member Maggie Ballard
City of Wichita
Representative of the Homeless Task Force

 Commissioner Ryan Baty
Sedgwick County Government
Representative of the Homeless Task Force

Peter F. Najera
President and CEO
United Way of the Plains

Matt Lowe
Impact ICT Continuum of Care Lead
United Way of the Plains

Sally Stang
Housing and Community Services Department
City of Wichita

Michael D. Payne, Jr.
Medical Center Director
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center


Published On: August 20, 2023Tags: ,


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