Homeless count completed in Kansas

TOPEKA | Volunteers say they have finished their count of homeless people in Kansas.

Delane Butler of United Way of the Plains said Thursday that it will be several weeks before the data are compiled to show how widespread homelessness is and whether it has increased in recent months because of the economy.

He said early indications are that the recession hasn't triggered a wave of homelessness in the state. In Topeka, volunteers said that during the count Wednesday, they found many of those interviewed had been homeless for a year or more.

United Way coordinated the count in 40 counties. The count was required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to get an accurate count of the homeless population and what programs and services they should be receiving.