The results of the 2018 Point in Time homeless count show both good news and bad news. The good news is that youth homelessness and veteran homelessness in Jackson and Wyandotte Counties are down this year, but overall homelessness has increased slightly.
Total number of homeless individuals counted in this year’s survey, conducted Jan. 24 and 25 throughout Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS is 1,798, a 7.6% increase over the 1,671 persons counted in 2017. Total number of homeless households this year is 1,346, a 7.8% increase over 1,248 last year.
Detailed results of the 2018 Point in Time count were presented at a press conference on July 12. Evie Craig, president and CEO of reStart and chair for the Point in Time Committee, said the results “help us understand the trends occurring in Kansas City so we can better understand the scope of the problem, improve homeless system efficiency, and promote effective interventions.”
The Greater Kansas City Point in Time homeless count, a federally mandated survey, provides unduplicated counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. The local survey was conducted with the help of more than 150 community volunteers. The data help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness.
Communities like Kansas City that receive federal Continuum of Care dollars are required to complete the PIT count. The required information is sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and combined with count information from other communities and then reported to the United States Congress in order to inform policy-making and funding allocations.