Volunteers spread out across Sedgwick County for point-in-time homeless count

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Regina Hafner and Tim Wood, a team of two United Way volunteers on a mission. 

“We started out in the community about 8:30[a.m.].” said Hafner. “We found several campsites but not a lot of people at the campsites.” 

They’re part of about 50 volunteers walking the streets of Wichita and Sedgwick County. 

“This morning we mainly walked from Kellogg to Pawnee, east and west of the river,” Hafner said. 

Gathering the homeless count.  

“We found one individual who just declined to take the survey and then we found one just now,” said Hafner. 

“Do you have ongoing health problems?” Hafner asked a homeless person as part of the survey questions. 

United Way said the responeses from the survey provide important data that helps the homeless and local agencies. 

“We look at not only the number that the count finds but also what it tells us about the people who are homeless and their living situation so we can do something about it,” said Luella Sanders, Director of Community Impact with United Way of the Plains. 

Learning what resources in the community to keep and to add to help end homeless. 

“It really helps persons who are homeless, because it insures those resources remain available and it also helps us know what kind of resources we need to do for the future,” said Sanders. “But it also, helps us providers and the community and people who care because it lets us do that it lets us show that.” 

United Way says it will take several weeks to analyze the findings from Thursday before they can determine the final count. 

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