In April 2006, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County jointly appointed a Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness (TECH). The TECH produced the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness which includes five recommendations.
Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
The Housing First program is one of the recommendations from the TECH report and is funded by the City and County. It provides rent and utility payments to persons meeting the HUD definition of chronic homelessness. City and County staff oversee the leasing component of the program; case managers from several community programs provide on-going case management assistance to program participants.
The City of Wichita also provides funding to local service providers to provide shelter and homeless prevention services. These services are funded from the HEARTH Act Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.
In addition to shelter and prevention services, ESG funds are also used for the Rapid Re-Housing program which pays for rent and utilities necessary to house homeless persons in private housing.
Another population which the City is seeking to assist is the growing number of homeless youth. A Mayor-led task force has met to identify issues and solutions to address this population and their unique needs. A proposal is currently under consideration for funding.
The Wichita community also has a number of resources for homeless persons, many of which are listed in the Homeless Services Brochure which is produced by the Wichita Police Department Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).
Wichita Police HOT
Homeless Youth Program
During the latter part of 2011, Mayor Brewer convened a task force to examine the problem of homelessness among young people and to identify community solutions.
Members of the task force included representatives from State, County and City government agencies, the school district, local general purpose non-profits, non-profits which serve children and youth, non-profits which serve the homeless, the United Way, the faith community, private business, youth residential programs and members of the general public.
Needs were identified and prioritized. The most pressing need was identified as youth-specific emergency shelter. A proposal to address that need is currently under review.
Homeless Prevention services include payment of delinquent rent or utilities, for persons facing imminent action. It does not provide payment of delinquent mortgages.
The City has contracted with the Center of Hope to administer the Homeless Prevention program.
Find out if you're eligible and make an appointment and apply for assistance.
P: (316) 267-0222
Center of Hope
The Rapid Re-Housing program provides rent and utility assistance for homeless persons, to enable them to move into permanent housing.
Referrals for assistance must come through one of the following agencies:
- United Methodist Open Door
- USD 259
- The Salvation Army
- Catholic Charities
- Wichita Children's Home
- YWCA of Wichita
- Veterans Administration
- Inter-Faith Ministries
- Sedgwick County Human Services