Latest study shows Kansas City homelessness in decline

Michael Ronnebaum
July 14, 2017 - 6:02 am

New numbers show Kansas City's homeless population is dropping. 

The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness released its 2017 report that indicates the number of people living on the streets has gone down by nine percent since the previous report. The report also shows a steady decline in homelessness since 2015. 

One factor that has helped reduce homelessness is a greater availability of affordable, permanent housing, said Evie Craig, president of Re-Start, Inc., a non-profit that works with the city's homeless.

"We do know that with permanent housing, over the past three years, we have seen an 18 percent increase," Craig said. "It's kept match with the inventory, which is growing, but it can only grow as resources come."

The number of homeless military veterans in Kansas City decreased by 14 percent since the 2016 county.

The majority of homeless people in Kansas City area adult white males. 

The study was conducted in partnership with Jackson and Wyandotte Counties.

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