TOPEKA (KSNT) – The annual “Point in Time” count of the homeless in the state is underway.
A number of law enforcement officers and volunteers are fanning across the city to get a record of those who are homeless.
According to the City of Topeka, the Topeka Rescue Mission has seen record numbers of guests in the shelter with the biggest increase being in persons with mental health challenges.
Kansas schools have also seen large increases in homeless children and youth. The count is one method of obtaining federal funding so the City can provide needed services to those experiencing homelessness and those at risk for homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to complete a point-in-time count of the homeless every year.
Persons who are experiencing homelessness or know someone who is, please call 785-368-0168 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on January 28th, or drop by the Rescue Mission or Let’s Help and complete a survey that day.