How many people are experiencing homelessness, anyway?

Each year, in the last ten days of January, communities across the United States participate in what is called a “Point in Time Count,” or PIT Count. During the PIT Count, shelters and transitional housing programs tally how many people are experiencing sheltered homelessness in their community. This count is done using each community’s HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) . . . [Read More]

November 22, 2023|Tags: , , , |

What are the root causes of homelessness?

Homelessness is often the result of someone experiencing a combination of complex issues and difficult situations. Housing availability and affordability barriers, traumatic personal events, substance abuse and behavioral health issues are some of the primary root causes of homelessness.

Affordability and Accessibility

Affordability and accessibility are currently the most pressing and prevalent barriers to ending homelessness. According to the . . . [Read More]

June 13, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Jillian Castaneda has joined the team at United Way of the Plains

United Way of the Plains welcomed Jillian Castaneda to the team today. Castaneda has been hired as a Crisis Housing Specialist. In her new role, she will work as part of the Coordinated Entry System (CES) team reporting to the Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs. This position is funded by Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) to . . . [Read More]

May 30, 2023|Tags: , |

Wichita – Sedgwick County 2023 Point-In-Time Homeless Count Results Released

Note: As of January 2024, Impact ICT – Continuum of Care is known as the Coalition to End Homelessness in Wichita/Sedgwick County. Learn more at

The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is a national effort undertaken once a year by professionals and volunteers to count those who are currently homeless in communities across the United States. The results . . . [Read More]

April 19, 2023|Tags: |

What is functional zero homelessness?

You may have heard a new phrase in Wichita about ending homelessness through the functional zero model. So what is it, how does it work and can it be used to solve homelessness in Kansas?

We had Cole Schnieders, United Way Continuum of Care Planning Manager, help answer some of the common questions regarding the functional zero model.

Q: What is functional . . . [Read More]
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