Homeless Housing Demand in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Monday night, city council endorsed the use of $750,000 in a comprehensive housing assistance program loan funds.

KOLR10 spoke with The Kitchen Inc., a local non-profit organization that helps the homeless.

Maleah Spencer, CEO of the Kitchen Inc., said how these funds can help the local homeless population.

Spencer said affordable housing is a huge demand both here and nationwide.

The use of that $750,000 funds will be for the development of affordable housing, generally located around the 1200 block of East Chestnut Expressway.

The goal is to serve youth aging out of foster care.

Spencer said the need is strong, “we’re seeing a lot of families. We’re seeing a lot of moms and dads and kiddos that are facing homelessness. Maybe they’re living out of their cars, maybe they’re cramped in a small apartment, or very small community house with a couple of other families, it’s not an ideal living situation. Here at the kitchen, it costs $23 a day just to house one homeless individual. That’s an average of about 8,400 dollars for one year. And that’s just for one person. Last year we housed close to 600 individuals, so you can do the math on that, it’s several millions of dollars.”

If you want to donate money or items, visit The Kitchen Inc.’s donation website here.

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