A one-day “snapshot” taken Jan. 28, 2016, counted 571 literally homeless people in Sedgwick County.

“Literally homeless” means just that. These people are surviving on the streets, in their cars or in shelters. It does not include people living at hotels/motels or staying with family or friends.

The 2016 number of counted homeless in Sedgwick Country increased by 10 people from 2015. The count was taken as part of the annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) point-in-time count of homeless people in the United States.

There is a growing need to provide services to this vulnerable population, and Open Door offers assistance through the Homeless Resource Center as well as the Family Rapid Re-housing and Vision Quest programs.