Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness

HOPE Connection
Megan Burke / KSMU

Over 600 homeless and at-risk individuals were given access to basic needs through a number of services Wednesday.  

The ninth annual HOPE Connection and Veterans Stand Down event was held in the Springfield Expo Center. It’s an initiative of Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness’ month-long “Every Action Counts Campaign.”

Amanda Stadler, Community Partnership’s neighborhood and housing stabilization specialist, said she’s participated in the event for five years, chairing the planning committee the past two.

Michele Skalicky

A  Multi-Agency Resource Center, operated at Kearney and Glenstone last week by the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness and area service organizations, was more successful than organizers dared to hope.

Michele Skalicky

Update June 7:  Homeless individuals in Springfield continue seeking services at the Multi-Agency Resource Center set up this week at Kearney and Glenstone.  The MARC is being operated there in ahead of the removal of a homeless camp in the 2000 block of E. Kearney.

Tuesday—the second day the MARC was open--54 more people were served by 4 p.m. with 26 of those from the Kearney St. camp.  That brings the total number of people served to 110.

HUD building
Mississippi Business Journal

The nonprofit Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness says it’s received over $900,000 in funding for 2017 fiscal year through the Continuum of Care grant.

The money is distributed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will be used by the Alliance to serve people in Springfield and the counties of Greene, Christian and Webster. Specifically, the funds will be to support homeless services during the next year, with a focus on housing.