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.

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February 22, 2023|Tags: |

How the power of collaboration housed 25 people in 60 days

Piloting a program that brings a housing navigator to the homeless, we found success with housing.

How do you end homelessness? One person at a time. The reasons that someone experiences homelessness are so unique, there isn’t one housing method that works for everyone. This is why consistent outreach is so important.

A few months ago, United Way of the Plains and . . . [Read More]

February 9, 2023|Tags: |

Haley Button has joined the team at United Way of the Plains

United Way of the Plains welcomed Haley Button to the team today. Button has been hired as the Associate Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Administrator. She will support area homeless service providers by training new database users, monitoring the tech support desk and submitting reports to the Impact ICT Continuum of Care and to the U.S. Department of . . . [Read More]

February 1, 2023|Tags: , |

Welcome to the team: Steven Burt, HMIS Administrator

Please help us welcome Steven Burt, MA to United Way of the Plains as the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Administrator. Burt is responsible for the maintenance and quality of the HMIS database, which is used to collect and store confidential data on the service needs of those who are homeless. HMIS reports are used by Impact ICT – Continuum . . . [Read More]

September 8, 2022|Tags: , |

United Way News You Can Use: August 2022

Announcing $100,000 for innovative solutions to community issues

Nonprofits, think you have the next bright idea to advance the common good? United Way of the Plains is hosting Impact on the Plains, a “Shark Tank”-style competition in pursuit of bold solutions to complex community issues. Up to $25,000 will be awarded to entrepreneurial nonprofit programs that transform . . . [Read More]

Wichita-Sedgwick County 2022 Point-In-Time Homeless Count Data Released

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 provide a snapshot of persons encountered during the one-day count and are used to identify resources needed to address this important issue, make local funding decisions, study . . . [Read More]

July 28, 2022|Tags: |


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