SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield city leaders want to hear from people in the community about how to use federal assistance meant to help people dealing with homelessness.

Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development will hold a public hearing about Springfield’s Draft Allocation Plan for the HOME-American Rescue Plan on Tuesday, May 24.

HOME-ARP is a federal program that will help people or families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The program is also meant to help people who are running away from domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations. It provides rental assistance, support services, and shelter options.

The Allocation Plan describes how Springfield intends to distribute funds from the program. The city said committee members who put the plan together talked to organizations that work with people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk.

There are several ways you can see the plan and share your thoughts:

  • The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan will be available starting the week of May 16 for public review
  • Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor West Conference Room of the Busch Municipal Building
  • Attend or sign up to speak at the June 13, 2022 City Council meeting

Council members will discuss the plan at the June 13 meeting and are scheduled to vote on June 27.