Homelessness may never be a thing of the past in Wichita. But that should be the goal, which is why activists should make the most of the information gained in the latest Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The Jan. 28 count found 571 individuals who met the federal definition of “literal homelessness,” 10 more than 2015’s tally. The 60 percent decline in the number of chronically homeless individuals was more confirmation that the United Way of the Plains, shelters and other groups and volunteers, including through the Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care, are finding success assisting this population. The 22 percent drop in homeless veterans was encouraging, too. Even so, Wichita was among the U.S. cities that had set a 2015 deadline for ending homelessness among vets. That challenge continues. – Rhonda Holman
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