The point-in-time count of homeless persons in Topeka took place on January 29th. This one-day event produces a snapshot of the individuals in the community experiencing homelessness as defined by Housing and Urban Development. This data is used to support federal funding for the Continuum of Care Initiative.
In 2019 the Topeka Rescue Mission saw 441 people experiencing homelessness. In 2020 that number decreased to 401. Of the homeless population in Topeka, 17% were under age 18, for a total of 68 persons under 18. Overall, the numbers of homelessness in Topeka decreased from last year.
“The point-in-time count of homeless helps us to identify those people in need and to attain the resources that we need to help them,” said Corrie Wright, Division Director of Housing Services for the City of Topeka.
“We want to thank all the volunteers who helped us with the count and who are helping to make our community better.”
The information gathered during the point-in-time count helps the City of Topeka understand the face of homelessness in the community so that services are meeting the needs of homeless persons. This count also helps to raise public awareness surrounding issues with homelessness and measures the community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.
The City of Topeka’s Housing Services Division has totaled the numbers from this year’s point-in-time count of homeless. This one-day event produced a snapshot of individuals in our community experiencing homelessness.
- 401 People experiencing homelessness.
- 306 Households experiencing homelessness.
- 188 individuals have a serious mental illness.
- 157 individuals are chronically homeless.
- 63% of people were in an emergency shelter, 13% were in transitional housing and 24% were unsheltered.
Thirty individuals helped with the point-in-time count of homeless. Below is a chart that details and compares the numbers from 2019 and 2020. An extra 53 people in the Emergency Shelter and 42 people in Transitional Housing chose not to be surveyed.
Count of homeless – changes from: 2019 2020
|% of single adults||90||87|
|% of adults with children||10||13|
|% of youth households||16||17|
|% of veteran households||12||10|
|People with serious mental illness||212||188|
|People who are chronically homeless||181||157|
|People with a substance abuse disorder||112||68|
|People who are victims of domestic violence||49||54|
|% in an emergency shelter||70||63|
|% in transitional housing||15||13|
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice