The city of Topeka is now practicing HOUSING FIRST WITH SHELTER PLUS CARE!
What this means is that there is now ONE NUMBER you can call in Topeka that will get you access to the vast majority of the HOUSING RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN TOPEKA.
Second, you can call that number, fill out a VERY SHORT ASSESSMENT form OVER THE PHONE and you will then be IN LINE FOR SHELTER PLUS CARE LIFETIME HOUSING VOUCHER! You need not work with an organization in town, you need not maintain any services with an organization in town, you don’t have to be clean, you don’t have to maintain mental health treatment or drug and alcohol treatment. All you have to do is call that number, answer some questions for that short assessment and you’ll be in line for whatever services you qualify! That’s housing first!
Even if you THINK YOU DON’T QUALIFY, PLEASE call and FILL OUT THAT SHORT ASSESSMENT FORM ANYWAY. There MAY BE OTHER RESOURCES that you qualify for and you may actually QUALIFY EVEN THOUGH YOU DON’T THINK THAT YOU DO let us help determine if you qualify! And YOU DON’T NEED TO PROVIDE THE DOCUMENTS RIGHT NOW you can provide the qualifying documents AFTER YOUR NAME COMES UP, you’ll have 90 days, after your name comes up to generate documents and get housed.
As far as shelter plus care goes, to qualify you’ll need to DEMONSTRATE that you’ve been HUD HOMELESS FOR A YEAR in the last three years (typically documented by any outreach group that works with the homeless, but other reliable sources such as other known homeless to outreach groups may be used).
You will also have a SERIOUS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROBLEM that prevents you from staying housed (this is almost always some documentation from a mental health organization or mental health provider that provides a diagnosis of a serious mental health condition – Second Chance Services and Street Coalition – my organization – may provide such documentation, as time permits, if you don’t have it).
Congratulations to the city of Topeka,
congratulations to the city council, and
congratulations to the homeless in Topeka! You can now get yourself off the street on your own, without having to work with any organization, you can do it yourself just call this number and get in line.
To get all of this started or if you have any questions call this number:
City of Topeka Division of Neighborhood Relations, ask for Taylor Leathers +1 785-368-3711.
GOOD LUCK AND GET GOING!
More information can be found here:
Homeless in Topeka | Facebook
Russell “DocB” Burton, PHD, LSCSW (#5713)
Second Chance Services and Street Coalition