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Point in Time 2018 Results

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.

Point in Time 2017 Results

The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness recently announced the results of this year’s Point in Time Homeless count.

Evie Craig explains PIT results at a press conference

The numbers have been fairly consistent over the last three years, but the drop is encouraging, said Evie Craig, the president and CEO of reStart Inc. and co-chair of the 2017 Point in Time count.

“We look at the numbers, and I say to the community, ‘This is manageable. We can do this,’ ” she said.

Click here to see the Kansas City Star’s story about the encouraging results.

Click here to see details of Point in Time statistics.