Homeless Services

No one should be homeless. Ever. We’re working to make sure everyone has the opportunity and resources for long term, stable housing.

Annual Homeless Count
Reports
HUD GRANT
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IMPACT ICT – CONTINUUM OF CARE

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. Through collective impact, United Way is bringing together key players to tackle homelessness at it’s root causes. United Way is the lead agency for Impact ICT – CoC, a coalition of 170+ people representing: nonprofits; faith community; federal, state, and local governments; businesses; and other community advocates.

Impact ICT – CoC works year-round with one common goal: to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.


Want to join the coalition?
Contact Cole Schnieders, Continuum of Care Planning Manager, United Way of the Plains, at cschnieders@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321.

Two women working on a map for the annual Point-in-Time homeless count.
Members of the Impact ICT – CoC Program Collaborative

Impact ICT – CoC coordinates the application for HUD grants that are distributed to program collaborative partners. Learn more about our partners and their work:

Collaborative Partners

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 homelessness. It’s about more than just getting a count. It’s about learning why individuals are homeless and what services they need to succeed. Sure, it’s a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Grant, but the data also helps Impact ICT – CoC plan programming, make informed funding decisions and measure the progress of their work.

Point-in-Time survey materials, including the survey and maps.

POINT-IN-TIME COUNT REPORT

View results of our most recent Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-in-Time Homeless Count below. For more information regarding past counts, please contact Cole Schnieders, Continuum of Care Planning Manager, at cschnieders@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267-1321 ext. 4214.

2022 INFOGRAPHIC
2022 SNAPSHOT

FY2022 CONTINUUM OF CARE GRANT COMPETITION

United Way coordinates the annual collaborative application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding of homeless services in Sedgwick County. New and renewal project applications are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in eSNAPS. A panel of community representatives will review and rank project applications. The final grant submission is due to HUD on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at 9 p.m.

Files / Resources:
A hand inserting a key into a front door of their home.

RESULTS ON THE HOME FRONT

Impact ICT – CoC’s work is moving people off the streets into stable, affordable housing. Results from 2021.

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individuals were identified as homeless through the annual point in time count. (Unsheltered individuals were not counted in 2021 due to COVID-19.)
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individuals were served by IMPACT ICT – CoC members through emergency shelter, transitional housing, street outreach and housing services.
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individuals were housed or kept in housing.
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Average days of homelessness per person – down a full week since 2020.
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million dollar grant from HUD, submitted by United Way of the Plains with the help of the coalition, was renewed to fund 14 vital homeless service programs in Sedgwick County.

2022 IMPACT ICT – CONTINUUM OF CARE ADVISORY BOARD

The CoC Advisory Board guides the direction of the Impact ICT and provides oversight. The current board is made up of ten chairs, each representing a different service area relating to homelessness. The board is elected by the CoC membership.

Lacey Cruse
County Commissioner, 4th District
Sedgwick County

Shelly Haupt
Senior Housing Specialist
City of Wichita, Housing and Community Services

Suzanne Jenkins
Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN-15) Homeless Coordinator
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

Richard Patterson
Peer Support
Breakthrough / Episcopal Social Services

Soutdaly Sysavath
Director of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
Wichita Children’s Home

Tracey Gay
Director of Client Services
Wichita Family Crisis Center

Chad Harmon
Program Director
Substance Abuse Center of Kansas

Tara Nolan, MPH
Hunter Health
Community Health Manager

Jami Scott
Director of Social Services
The Salvation Army

Jaimie Williams
Housing Specialist Manager
Sedgwick County

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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.