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402 E 2nd, Suite B Wichita, KS 67202
On any given night in this nation, 650,000 Americans are
Working people who cannot afford housing
Under-employed or under-trained people
Those who have never worked
In Wichita, almost 400 individuals are literally homeless -
living on the streets or in homeless shelters - according to the 2009
Point-In-Time Homeless Survey. Nationally, one-third of homeless individuals
have a serious mental illness; locally that percentage is higher.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has estimated
that when mental health services are not available, it costs the community
approximately $40,000 per year for each homeless person (including 9-1-1
service, emergency rooms, jail, etc.). With appropriate support from COMCARE’s
Center City, that figure decreases.
This program is managed by COMCARE and works to connect homeless individuals
who suffer from mental illnesses with professionals who can help them address
their illnesses. The goal of the program is to help these individuals
achieve a stable mental health status, obtain housing and become employed.
Center City serves individuals who have a serious mental illness and also
live in places not considered adequate shelter or are receiving help through
Outreach - The Center City Outreach Team goes onto the streets, under
bridges, and into shelters to assess mental health needs.
Mental Health Services - Center City staff members provide psychiatric care,
individual and group psychotherapy, mental illness/chemical addiction
counseling, employment support, peer support and intensive case management.
Transitional Housing - COMCARE provides residents who meet certain
criteria single or family accommodations for housing and services for up to two
Skill Building - COMCARE partners with Episcopal Social Services to provide
payee services to help individuals learn budgeting skills.
A task force to end chronic homelessness was created in 2006 to assess and intervene in the factors
that contribute to homelessness in Wichita and Sedgwick County. They
continue their assessments and provide oversight to the programs below today.
Read the task force's plan to end chronic
homelessness in Wichita and Sedgwick County.
comments or questions to the task force. These comments will go to a county
staff member assigned to the task force.
The free Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI)
Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program teaches case managers and others
who work with homeless adults about the SSI/SSDI application process. The goal
is to secure benefits for eligible individuals on the first application.
the SOAR program in Sedgwick County and step-by-step instructions to apply for
Get more information about the national
This program provides homeless individuals with apartments first, and then
offers mainstream services. This approach allows individuals to experience
a stable environment while working on mental health and substance use issues.
Based upon their ability to pay, residents will pay up to 30 percent of their
the Housing First application.
a fact sheet about Housing First and the steps to apply.
Read a data report
about Housing First as of January 2013.
One of the five strategies in the task force's plan was to create an oversight committee,
with members being nominated by the city manager (Wichita) and the county
manager (Sedgwick County). These members oversee the programs put in place
through the task force. The members are:
Jack Focht - Chair
If you would like to contact the oversight committee with any feedback or
thoughts, please email Jack Focht at
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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