Wichita’s homeless population to be counted Thursday

The United Way of the Plains and a coalition of other groups will conduct Wichita’s annual count, or estimate, of the city’s population of homeless people Thursday.

People living on the streets or in local shelters will meet at Century II starting about 10 a.m., where they will be counted, offered items of clothing, haircuts, and dental screenings, among other services, said Delane Butler, a spokesman for the United Way.

Before that, assessors will go out searching various locations in the city to try to find homeless people living outdoors and other places, he said.

The United Way spends or helps manage millions of dollars helping the homeless in the area with a number of services including shelter, food and other care.

Last year’s count was 555 people, the United Way said.

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