Local homeless outreach organization receives half a million dollars

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The kitchen in Springfield, which helps homeless people in the city, is receiving more than half a million dollars from the federal government.

This money is coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The non-profit will use the money to help pay for deposits on rental spaces, rent and sometimes utilities.

Meleah Spencer, CEO of The Kitchen, says this money is crucial to help end homelessness in the area.

“We need to have the funds to do so and the HUD grant allows us to be able to help families, to help single men, to help single women and to help those that really are physically disabled that need some assistance,” Spencer said. “Without it, we wouldn’t have the funds we would be without 520,000 to help someone throughout the year as far as getting them into permanent housing.”

Overall, 36 million dollars will be distributed amongst 130 Missouri housing and service programs

Other local agencies that are receiving HUD money are:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Missouri Dept of Mental Health
  • Great Circle
  • Institute for Community Alliances for HMIS
  • Harmony House
  • City of Springfield

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