Mayor's Task Force on Crisis Sheltering

One Door, Community Partnership of the Ozarks

A diversion program launched in Springfield to reduce homeless shelter dependence says it’s helped 33 families transition away from the option this year.

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The Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering, formed last fall, has presented its recommendations to Springfield City Council.

Among them:  using shelter diversion to reduce the need for crisis sheltering.  It’s a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter, in part, by helping them to identify immediate alternate housing arrangements.

Examples of shelter diversion, according to the task force, include help with utility and rent deposits, obtaining state ID cards and birth certificates and help with transportation.

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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says the lack of crises shelter facilities in the city is at a critical state, announcing Wednesday the formation of a task force to boost the short-term assistance options for families.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering consists of 13 community members, who are tasked with bringing back recommendations within 60 days of its first meeting.

Stephens says the city has 48 units available for direct placement into emergency or transitional shelter for families with children.