Homeless Numbers Rise


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The number of elderly homeless people in Wichita continues to climb as the economy sends them to local shelters seeking refuge.

Sandy Swank of Inter-Faith Ministries says the organization’s winter shelter has served 13 people over the age of 62 so far this year after helping only five in 2012. In many cases a spouse has died and left a mountain of debt that overwhelmed the survivor.

Swank told The Wichita Eagle that when she started working at Inter-Faith since late 1990, elderly people occasionally came to the shelter but almost always had someone to look after them.

A 2010 study by the Homeless Research Institute projected the number of elderly people who are homeless will increase by one-third nationally, from 44,172 in 2010 to 58,772 by 2020.


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