- Donate to services providers, like those included on this list. Service providers do not recommend that people donate items directly to those who are experiencing homelessness.
- Volunteer with local organizations assisting people experiencing homelessness.
- Educate yourself on the issues presented to people experiencing homelessness, and the best practices associated with reducing the number of people in our community experiencing homelessness!
- If there are signs of encampments in an area that is not believed to be located on City property where camping is permitted, please call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9551*. This is the Topeka Police Department non-emergency phone number. This connects to an automated system that helps triage and direct calls to the most appropriate staff for the issue. This often involves leaving a voicemail message as requested. This helps to ease an overloaded dispatch system to allow attention to be given to true emergencies.
- If you witness a crime perpetuated by a person experiencing homelessness, or where a person experiencing homelessness is a victim of a crime, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The TPD Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) program is a community effort which involves health care providers, consumers, and their family members working together to provide the best possible outcomes during a mental health crisis. A Crisis Intervention Team officer is a member of a specialized team and has up-to-date mental health training. Learn more information about the Unit here.
Residences/other private property: Posting “No Trespassing” signs, securing your trash/discarded items, and installing additional lighting are examples of actions that may be taken to reduce trespassing on your property. Additionally, installing fencing around your property, ensuring buildings and other structures are locked or otherwise secured are good ways to help prevent trespassing.
- Public infrastructure (bus shelters, bridges, overpasses, and flood control works)
- Within 10 feet of any doorway, loading dock, stairway or fire escape
- Within an area bounded by Topeka Boulevard from SW 10th Avenue to NW Crane Street; Madison Street from SE 10th Avenue to NW Crane Street; Crane Street from Topeka Boulevard to NE Madison Street; and 10th Avenue from Topeka Boulevard to SE Madison Street
- Within an area bounded by Topeka Boulevard from NW Curtis Street from NE Quincy Street; NE Quincy Street from NE Curtis Street to NE Morse Street; NE Morse Street from NE Quincy Street to NW Topeka Boulevard; and Quincy Street to NW Topeka Boulevard
If an individual is camping in violation of TMC 9.45.360(a)(d), the City will provide notice that personal property not removed from the above mentioned areas within 24 hours will be removed, and may be impounded. Violations of these ordinances constitutes a misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.
- Topeka Rescue Mission Shelters
- Men’s Shelter—600 N Kansas Ave.
- Hope Center (for women, children, and families)—116 NW Curtis St.
- YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, for those experiencing domestic violence
If you have children enrolled in a school in Shawnee County and are homeless contact Impact Avenues at 785-368-3711. Impact Avenues works with partner agencies to provide wrap around services and help families get housed. Learn more here.
Visit the Mobile Access Partnership (MAP) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-3:00 to access showers, laundry, food, health care and other services. Find the monthly location schedule here.
- S 5th Street and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW 12th Street and SW Jackson Street
- SW 6th Avenue and Orchard Street
- SW 8th Avenue and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW 10th Avenue and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW Huntoon Street and SW Gage Boulevard
- SW 21st Street and SW Fairlawn Road
- SW 6th Avenue and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW 10th Avenue and SW Lane Street
- SE 21st Street and SE Adams Street
- SW 29th Street and SW Fairlawn Road
- SW 21st Street and SW Gage Boulevard
- SW 6th Avenue and SW Gage Boulevard
- SW 21st Street and SW Wanamaker Road
- SW 17th Street and SW Wanamaker Road
- SW Huntoon Street and SW Fairlawn Road
- SE 15th Street and SE Adams Street
- SW 29th Street and SW Gage Boulevard
- SW 29th Street and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW 21st Street and SW Washburn Avenue
- SW 29th Street and SW Wanamaker Road
- SW 21st Street and SW Topeka Boulevard
- SW 17th Street and SW Westover Road and SW Oakley Street
- It shall be unlawful for any person to start a fire to any pile of papers, shavings, weeds, brush, leaves, grass or other combustible material on any of the streets, alleys, gutters, parkways, boulevards or upon any other public grounds in the City; provided, that a fire may be built in any stove or fireplace furnished by the Department of Parks and Recreation, and any such fire so started shall be extinguished and made safe before the persons starting or maintaining such fire shall leave the place where the fire is started. Burning is not allowed in barrels, incinerators or drums pursuant to TMC 8.45.030.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to start a fire or allow any person to start a fire in any trash burner, incinerator, metal barrel or drum, except as provided in TMC 8.45.060; provided, however, that gas or electric fired incinerators which have been approved by the Fire Chief or Fire Marshal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section. Burning garbage is illegal pursuant to TMC 8.45.040.
- Under no circumstances shall garbage be burned in any trash burner other than approved gas or electric fired incinerators as set forth in TMC 8.45.030. If someone observes what appears to be illegal open burning or any type of hazard related to open burning, call 9-1-1 so that appropriate resources can be dispatched. If a person is cited with a violation of these city ordinances they will receive a municipal summons (ticket). These violations require a court date and an appearance in front of the municipal court judge who will determine the fine and court costs. Each count can carry a fine of up to $499.00 and up to one year in jail.
*The Topeka Police Department non-emergency phone number is 785-368-9551. This connects to an automated system that helps triage and direct calls to the most appropriate staff for the issue. This often involves leaving a voicemail message as requested. This helps to ease an overloaded dispatch system to allow attention to be given to true emergencies.