As of January 2019, more than 6,000 people in Missouri were homeless, with more than 1,000 of those not having shelter during the night. It has been projected that since the year 2007 more than 10,000 homes will face foreclosure. With the rising number of people out of work because of this recent pandemic, the trajectory of homelessness is expected to increase as well. New initiatives should center around providing food, shelter, work, and healthcare to get the homeless back into the working class of the city.
It has been reported that more than 36,000 public school children reported being homeless at some point during 2019. As such, many of the homeless are young and possibly run-a-ways . My campaign supports Continuum of Care (CoC), a community’s plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency.
The County receives more than $81 million from HUD for housing projects, of that, more affordable housing and programs should be developed to provide permanent shelter for the homeless and those with lower incomes.