HumanKind Ministries is committed to providing shelter, case management, and basic needs to help individuals address their unique challenges so that they can build brighter futures for themselves and their families. We must also look at the bigger picture of how our clients end up on the streets and in poverty, and address those challenges. Below are some of the most pressing issues facing our clients, along with action steps. Join us and together we can end homelessness in Wichita.
Individuals with poor mental health are at an increased risk for homelessness. More than 45% of those facing homelessness suffer from a mental illness1; at HK, this number is estimated to be closer to 70-80%. Mental health affects all aspects of an individual’s life—obtaining and keeping employment, problem-solving skills, life-coping events, and other necessary skills needed to stay off the streets. Unfortunately, those with poor mental health in our community are left without many options. Wichita has a 68% shortage of mental health professionals1 and no local in-patient treatment for mental health, with the nearest facility in Osawatomie over two hours away. Additionally, our region needs 221 more beds to stabilize the off-balance system2.
Action Steps: Contact your local and state representatives to see what they are going to do to meet this gap in mental health care. Find contact info for your representatives here.