Boone County chosen in national program to combat homelessness

8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, May 31 2017 May 31, 2017 Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT May 31, 2017 in News
By: Karla Valcourt, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Boone County is now one of four counties in the country to work on a special project aimed at reducing homelessness among those recently released from prison.

The national nonprofit Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) chose Boone County to participate in an integrated data study, using criminal justice and homelessness data in the the county to cut down on repeat offenders and improve public safety. 

Director of Boone County Community Services, Kelly Wallis is the leader of the project. 

"It’s really a team who received this grant so it really represents behavioral health, supportive housing efforts, primary health care efforts, criminal justice efforts, and homelessness efforts," Jacobs said.

The Columbia Housing Authority, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia are partners for the project.

An employee of St. Francis House, Steven Jacobs questions whether collecting data will bring about change for those incarcerated.

"We have a problem in the United States that we want to see criminals punished but there’s no rehabilitation," Jacobs said.

However, Wallis said the 12 to 18 month initiative will include implementation such as providing affordable housing and access to services for those leaving incarceration. 

St. Francis House has provided meals and a place to stay for the homeless population for more than 25 years, and Jacobs hopes this program will continue the good work done by the shelter.

"There is an intense dislike for people who’ve been incarcerated and that carries over into their ability for them to find somewhere to stay, get a job and support themselves so a lot of people end up being homeless," Jacobs said. 

He said the community can do more to rehabilitate those who have been in prison.

Jacobs said, "If you keep putting people in cages, locked up amongst themselves and you don’t provide any sort of hope, then when they get out, what’s going to happen? It’s not going to solve crime."

Wallis said the grant is an extension of initiatives the county has already started. 

"The efforts that we’ve started are meaningful and we’re working in the right direction to address homelessness and recidivism," Wallis said.

 

More News

Grid
List
Chesterfield, MO - Nearly two weeks after a shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and teachers, students... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some veterans living in or near the Truman VA clinic often have to make the drive to... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:07:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri proposed an incentive program to install more charging stations for electric cars across Missouri. The program,... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:28:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mary Ratliff grew up in the small community of Ripley, Mississipi. It is a community where she said... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:52:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
UPDATE COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent out a release Friday afternoon to the families of CPS, clarifying... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:46:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never removed a governor through impeachment. But after Gov. Eric Greitens' felony indictment yesterday, some... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:55:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — Police have seized five guns and two books from a 13-year-old boy officers allege had threatened... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:46 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleged... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
BELLAFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) — Police have found three dead in what officers suspect is a murder-suicide in a St.... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:34:52 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Seven people have been indicted in a Kansas City drug-trafficking conspiracy that included two... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:24:18 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens will step down from the Republican Governors Association's executive committee amid backlash from... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:12:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:34:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - The Pantry is offering people a chance to donate food and help the community on Friday. The... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:49:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposal to arm teachers. KOMU 8 asked educators and other mid-Missourians... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:50:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is requesting a more than $9,000 grant from the Missouri Department of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:20:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For those who watch the winter Olympics and think "I could do that", there is an opportunity... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:02:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
6am 36°
7am 36°
8am 37°
9am 40°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30a
On the Money
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today Weekend
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
Paid Program
6:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld