Ahead of anticipated cold weather, the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will focus its resources on educational outreach directed at locations typically overlooked such as outlying area overpasses and bridges. Their effort will be to guide unhoused residents toward utilizing the day shelters such as Open Door or Union Rescue Mission and overnight emergency shelters such as HumanKind Ministries.
HOT also partners with community groups to receive and distribute warm weather clothing, hygiene kits and non-perishable food kits.
A full list of shelter, housing and meal services is available here.
In the past, many organizations opened their doors to provide overnight shelters, as well. Wichita Transit will also assist during cold weather by offering transportation to shelter services during regular Transit operations on especially cold days.
It is important to note that shelter services are voluntary and some unhoused residents choose to not seek shelter or services. If residents noticed an individual in need of homeless services, they are encouraged to call HOT at (316) 854-3013.