Mission

The Center of Hope listens to the cries of the poor with compassion and love, and without judgment, seeing all who present themselves

to us as Children of God.  A loving presence to those in need and advocates for the powerless, we offer hope to families regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender, as they deal with life’s daily challenges.  We help them with emergency financial support for rent and utilities, provide case management toward resolutions of on-going difficulties, and assure the dignity and self respect of each individual.

 

  • The number of homeless persons in Wichita ranges from 513 (2013) to 384 (2009)

  • The number of homeless persons per Wichita Schools was 2,251 (2013)

  • Unemployment rates ranged from 6% to 8% (19,684)  for those seeking employment, compared to 4.5% in 2008

  • Wichita residents below the poverty level were 16% (62,000) from 2007-2011

  • Children in poverty 19%

  • The number living in poverty increased 26.6% from 2000 to 2004 and 10.5% from 2004 to 2006, and by 24% from 2007 to 2011

  • Total number of persons unemployed but still seeking employment are 19,684

  • The number of jobs in Wichita in 2013 were 285,900. This is only 2.4% higher than the lowest level of jobs in the past 12 years (279,100 in 2011)

  • Evictions in Sedgwick County – 4,010 in 2012, 3,876 in 2011, 3,745 in 2010, 3,913 in 2009;  3,900 in 2008;  4,289 in 2007

  • Lines of 60-100 people on Tuesday mornings with eviction / shut off notices.

  • COH assisted 3,181 families 8,880 persons (2012) and 2,875 families 7,918 persons (2011)

  • Direct homeless prevention assistance of $948,490 FYE 2012 and $853,679 FYE 2011. ($402,000 in 2003)

  • Shortage of shelter beds. Our assistance relates to a total of 266,400 shelter bed days = 730 shelter beds per day

 

The Need

  • 100% are immediately prevented from becoming homeless

  • 72% seeking help actually received assistance (FYE 7/13)

  • Less than 18% were evicted from their homes within 6 months of receiving assistance (FYE 7/13)

  • 54% only needed services one time (FYE 7/13)

  • Of the 46% returning for service, 73% were families (FYE 7/13)

  • COH Homeless Prevention Program promotes systemic changes

 

Outcomes

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