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Homeless Programs

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Homeless Task Force

In September 2021 Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita asked the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition to identify options to address the downtown population of people experiencing homelessness and to report back in 60 days. That 60-Day Taskforce on Downtown Homelessness provided recommendations included in the requested report to the County and City governing bodies in a February 2022 joint meeting.

The 60-day process included problem identification, geographical area, clarification on the population and recommended next steps. The Coalition hosted three meetings with a variety of providers. One of the specific recommendations was to develop a long-term Homelessness Taskforce with the City of Wichita serving as a lead by hiring a third-party facilitator. Funding was committed in August 2022, and the City hired the PPMC to facilitate the taskforce.

Beginning in January of 2023, the Taskforce representatives will meet monthly to build upon existing recommendations and collaborate to continuously move our community toward best practices identified which include:

  • Provide additional flexible, sustainable funding for emergency shelter funding and low-barrier housing options as a short-term solution. Continuous funding is needed for a common intake center and centralized case management. These efforts will need financial support from the public and private sector.
  • Create a “very low barrier shelter” bed space in order to adopt enforcement policies to address nuisance behaviors of transient populations.
  • Coordinate street outreach conducted by different organizations to ensure coverage and outreach aren’t duplicated or lacking.
  • Conduct specific outreach to service providers and businesses so that they can discuss and resolve ongoing issues in their area with their assigned community policing officer.
  • Provide community de-escalation training and resource training to best prepare downtown stakeholders on crisis situations involving transient population.
  • Develop an education and media campaign that helps donors understand where their funds would most be effectively utilized and distributed.
  • Develop and install effective signage in areas generally occupied by panhandlers that allows individuals to find information on where they can donate their time, money, or goods to provide positive outcomes for those in need.
  • Assist with implementing a long-term solution of building a centralized social service hub/campus, where service providers are in one place and can have a “warm handoff” to other providers.

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.

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.

Scheduled Meetings

HTF Subcommittee Meetings

WSU Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex,
5015 E 29th St N

  • Wednesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, September 20

HTF Monthly Meetings 

Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. N

  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • ​Wednesday, November 22
  • Wednesday, December 27

Homeless Prevention

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 and the Salvation Army to administer the Homeless Prevention program.

Housing First

The Housing First program provides rent and utility assistance, as well as case management, to place chronically homeless persons in permanent rental housing. The program uses the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of chronic homelessness.

An individual or family who has:

  • a disabling condition AND
  • been continuously homeless for at least one year OR
  • had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.

The program requires two things of participants: a desire for permanent and housing and agreement to meet with a case manager once a week in their housing unit. As they are assisted in obtaining cash benefits, they are also expected to contribute no more than 30% of their income, toward their housing costs.

The Housing First program is one of five recommendations from a Task Force appointed by the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Housing-related costs (rent and utility assistance) are funded by the City and County general funds.

More Information

Shelly Haupt
P: (316) 462-3724
Email Shelly Haupt

Rapid Re-Housing

The Rapid Re-Housing program provides rent and utility assistance for homeless persons, to enable them to move into permanent housing. Referrals can come from one of the following agencies:

  • Wichita Police Department Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.)
  • United Methodist Open Door
  • USD 259
  • The Salvation Army
  • Catholic Charities
  • Wichita Children's Home
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center (formerly YWCA)
  • Veterans Administration
  • HumanKind Ministries
  • Sedgwick County
Please note that this is not an inclusive list but a collection of agencies that currently refer individuals to Rapid Re-Housing. Referrals can come from other agencies not listed. 

Impact ICT-CoC

Established in 1994, this group consists of local/state governmental agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, formerly homeless persons, school districts, businesses, etc.

The purpose of the Impact ICT-CoC is to provide the Wichita Sedgwick County community with leadership and advocacy on behalf of the homeless population.​​​​​


Homeless Taskforce - Housing First 2023-03-22.pdfHomeless Taskforce - Housing First 2023-03-22
Homelessness Ecosystem .pdfHomelessness Ecosystem
Homelessness Task Force Overview.pdfHomelessness Task Force Overview
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-02-22 Presentation.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-02-22 Presentation
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-03-22 Presentation.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-03-22 Presentation
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-04-26 Presentation.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-04-26 Presentation
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-05-24 Presentation.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-05-24 Presentation
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-06-28 Presentation.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-06-28 Presentation
Homelessness Taskforce - 2023-07-26.pdfHomelessness Taskforce - 2023-07-26
Homelessness Terms to Know.pdfHomelessness Terms to Know
Needs Inventory and Gap Analysis .pdfNeeds Inventory and Gap Analysis
Taskforce Agenda 2023-02-22.pdfTaskforce Agenda 2023-02-22
Taskforce Agenda 2023-03-22.pdfTaskforce Agenda 2023-03-22
Taskforce Agenda 2023-04-26.pdfTaskforce Agenda 2023-04-26
Taskforce Agenda 2023-07-26.pdfTaskforce Agenda 2023-07-26
Taskforce Kickoff Notes 2023-01-18.pdfTaskforce Kickoff Notes 2023-01-18
Taskforce Notes 2023-02-22.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-02-22
Taskforce Notes 2023-03-22.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-03-22
Taskforce Notes 2023-04-26.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-04-26
Taskforce Notes 2023-05-24.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-05-24
Taskforce Notes 2023-06-28.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-06-28
Taskforce Notes 2023-07-26.pdfTaskforce Notes 2023-07-26
TECH Presentation.pdfTECH Presentation