Several years ago I worked on the Homeless Task Force for 18 months to develop a plan to address Chronic Homelessness in Sedgwick County. The Housing First initiative, the United Methodist Open Door one-stop center, and a new system for temporary housing have already been instituted and are having amazing results. The last point in time count showed significant progress in the numbers of Chronic homeless in our community. Sadly, there was a rise in the numbers o f families and teenagers in distress. So I am still a strong advocate for reducing homelessness, matching services to the need, supporting strong mental health services and particularly dealing with the issues of homeless Veterans. Wrap around services provided by the County are essential to mitigating this problem. My work with the United Way and Salvation Army keep me connected to and knowledgeable of this critical issue in our community on an ongoing basis.