The Topeka Community Foundation is pleased to issue a call for concept papers for our Youth Development initiative - which will fund collaborative programs/projects which teach useful skills and build self-confidence of young people ensuring capable, effective leaders for the next generation. We anticipate awarding grants of $15,000.00 or less to each awardee with final decisions made in late April. You can access the online application here: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/21445-Topeka-Community-Foundation - or by going to our website at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org and clicking on the link there. The deadline for submitting your program/project idea is February 10, 2015.
Topeka Community Foundation
5431 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2015
Annual Point-In-Time Count Details Announced
TOPEKA, Kan. – Homelessness in Kansas and across the country is on the rise.
In the past year, the Topeka Rescue Mission has seen record numbers of guests in the shelter with the biggest increase being in persons with mental health challenges.
Kansas schools have also seen large increases in homeless children and youth.
Now, more than ever, it is important for the City of Topeka to obtain the appropriate level of funding so that we can provide needed services to those experiencing homelessness and those at risk for homelessness. To receive funding for programs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to complete a point-in-time count of the homeless every year.
This year's Point-In-Time Count will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 28th.
"This is one of the important ways for Topeka to determine whether we are meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness," City Housing Services Director Corrie Wright said.
The information gathered will help Topeka:
• Understand the face of homelessness within the community;
• Make sure services are meeting the needs of homeless persons;
• Raise public awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness; and
• Measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.
Help us make sure that everyone is counted!
Persons who are experiencing homelessness or know someone who is, please call 785-368-0168 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on January 28th, or drop by the Rescue Mission or Let's Help and complete a survey that day. Interviewers will also be available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 28, at the City's Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison, in the Holliday Conference Room.
Call the Community Resources Council, 785-233-1365, if you need a volunteer to come to you with a survey or to schedule an appointment for January 28th.
For more information, please contact G.R. Laughlin, Executive Director, Community Resources Council, 785-233-1365.
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City of Topeka