Statewide homeless count to be coordinated by United Way of the Plains in 2009

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas Housing Resources Corporation has selected United Way of the Plains to coordinate “Everybody Counts,” a statewide count of homeless individuals on January 28, 2009. The selection was based on the recommendation of the Kansas Point-In-Time Partners, a group of community stakeholders and state organizations.


Volunteers in 40 counties of Kansas will go to shelters and targeted urban and suburban locations to survey homeless individuals. The goal is to count all homeless individuals who are staying in shelters or staying in cars, abandoned buildings, under bridges, etc. The process includes a survey to determine how long the persons have been homeless, what conditions led them to be homeless and other important information to help address homelessness.


United Way of the Plains will establish a standardized survey form, recruit volunteers, provide training to local county leaders and coordinate the counting process.


The sponsors of “Everybody Counts” Kansas Homeless Count are: Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and Kansas SRS Disability & Behavioral Health Services.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a “Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons” across the country. Communities need accurate data on homelessness to determine the size and scope of the homeless problem at the local level, plan services and programs appropriately to address local needs, measure progress in addressing homelessness, and measure performance of individual programs and the system as a whole. HUD needs data to understand the extent and nature of homelessness throughout the country, to make funding decisions and more.


If you or anyone you know, needs to be included in this count, please contact Rhonda Keesee at (785) 543-5364 (h); 543-7850 (c); 540-4277 (w).

It's A Lot of Fun Shoppin'..... at Scott-McCoppin!

Just ask any of the countless life long customers of Ron and Stephanie Austin’s, and they will share with you the same sentiments the store ads “jingle” claims.  “It is a lot of fun shoppin’… at Scott- McCoppin.”


If you are in the market for a good book or that perfect card, like the original owners; Ron and Stephanie have a wide variety of both. While they continue to sell the books and Hallmark cards which were part of the first owners inventory line, they also have expanded their stock to include candles, gift items, gourmet foods as well as jewelry. 


The Scott-McCoppin Bookstore has been a part of the Phillipsburg Business community since 1938.  This family owned business was started by Harriet Scott and Grace McCoppin.  Ron Austin, a nephew of Harriet Scott; as a boy spent his summers in Phillipsburg helping his aunt at the store.  Little did he realize it was training for a business he would eventually own. 


On June 1, 1972, Ron and Stephanie Austin purchased the store from the two women and have been the owners every since.  Ron and Stephanie have worked hard to maintain the business that was built by these women. 


Stephanie is proud of the business she and her husband have worked hard to preserve and build.  “We feel the store is an asset to the area, “she said.  “We want it to perpetuate itself, as it has been perpetuated through Aunt Harriet and Grace and us.”


Phillips County Economic Development thanks Ron and Stephanie for the commitment and dedication they have shown for the 37 years they have been in business.  We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future. 


If you haven’t stopped by Scott McCoppin, be sure to do so. Then you will know…It’s a lot of fun shoppin’…. at Scott-McCoppin!!



You are invited to Attend the 2009 Kansas Agritourism Conference. 

March 25 – 26, 2009

Great Bend, Ks.

For more information or to register, call (785) 296-3737.

Rural Business Tax Credit Program

The Rural Business Tax Credit Program – allows you to purchase tax credits that can be applied against your Kansas income taxes and used as a deduction for your federal taxes. The money used to purchase these tax credits stays in a fund to help make loans to entrepreneurial (start-up) and expanding businesses in north-Western Kansas counties – INCLUDING Phillips County

For more information contact our office or Randy Hrabe from Pioneer Development in Hill City at 785.421.2151

Rural Business Tax Credit Brochure

Legacy Committee Meeting

Title: Legacy Committee Meeting
Location: Westview Center meeting room
Description: Monthly meeting for the Legacy Committee meeting.
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Date: 2008-12-11

Phillips County Economic Development Board Meeting

Title: Phillips County Economic Development Board Meeting
Location: Fischer Building
Description: Monthly Meeting
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Date: 2008-12-30

Taste of Home Cooking School

Title: Taste of Home Cooking School
Location: Phillipsburg High School
Date: 2008-11-07

Crown Financial Seminar

Title: Crown Financial Seminar
Location: Huck Boyd Foundation
Description: Phillips County Christian Foundation holding a financial seminar
Start Date: 2008-11-07
Start Time: 18:30
End Date: 2008-11-08

Phillipsburg Area Chamber Meeting

Title: Phillipsburg Area Chamber Meeting
Location: Firehouse
Description: Regular monthly meeting
Start Time: 12:00 pm
Date: 2008-11-17

Phillips County Economic Development Board Meeting

Title: Phillips County Economic Development Board Meeting
Location: FIscher Building
Description: Monthly Meeting for the PCED
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Date: 2008-11-24

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