Group addresses homelessness in Jefferson City

2 years 2 months 3 days ago Tuesday, October 13 2015 Oct 13, 2015 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:22:00 PM CDT October 13, 2015 in News
By: Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Project Homeless Connect gave haircuts, food, clothing and medical assistance to dozens of homeless people at its first event Tuesday.

One of the around 200 volunteers said anyone can become homeless.

"It doesn't matter what your financial background is. It doesn't matter if you're white, black or Hispanic. Poverty can strike at any time, and we are literally one paycheck away from where a lot of the people here are," Patrick Williams said.

Based on data from the Statewide Homelessness Study in 2013, homelessness in Missouri increased by nearly 4,000 people between 2007-2012. A different study, from the HUD said the percentage of people living with homelessness in Missouri dropped from 2013 to 2014 by over 15 percent, or a total of 1,299 people.

Despite the decrease, Kristen Hilty, the director of the Common Ground Community building, said the problem still exists in Jefferson City and across the state.

"We found there are approximately 125 individuals homeless in Jefferson City. That included people living in shelters as well as living on the street," Hilty said.

That is up 10 people from the previous year, Hilty said, and the number is likely much higher due to the difficulty in recording the number of homeless people in the area.

A homeless woman attending the event said it gives her hope.

"It's made me realize I'm not the only person out there struggling. And maybe through my situation and everything I have gone through, it can give help and hope to somebody else," Kristina Hughes said.

Hughes said she hopes the services will continue.

"A lot of times we don't know who to reach out to," she said. "In reaching out, we're not asking for a hand out. We are asking for a hand up."

The Marketing Chair for Project Homeless Connect, Natalie Newville,  said she hopes this event will be the first of an annual event to happen every year.

 

More News

Grid
List
NEW BLOOMFIELD- A two vehicle car wreck Saturday left one person dead and another injured, according to the Missouri State... More >>
38 minutes ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:19:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JACKSONVILLE - An estimated 400 people attended a wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery. It... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:31:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduation day is long awaited by many and Amy Kiso Bledsoe is no exception. Bledsoe was... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:10:14 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A furnace malfunction caused a fire in a trailer home on Pratherville Road Saturday morning. Gale... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:05:48 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People returning to Kansas City after being released from prison will get a 90-day supply... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:25:12 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Firefighters responded to a shed fire off of Highway 40 near Rocheport Saturday morning. Boone County... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:04:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:16:45 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Cat cafes have popped up across the world in cities including New York City, London and Tokyo, and... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:36:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some Jefferson City kids are getting the chance at a Merry Christmas this year with the help... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy. KOMU 8 spoke to... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - St. Louis officers arrested a suspect that was on the run in a duplex on Sears Court in... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The application for the top education position in the state, Missouri State Education Board Commissioner, opened Friday leaving... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:02:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
BLUE SPRINGS (AP) — A commercial real estate records company based in suburban Kansas City has abruptly shut down, leaving... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department say a house fire that killed a cat Friday afternoon started in the kitchen.... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - For the past six years Ryan Shultz, the creator/owner of the Candy Cane Crib, has shared a well-lit... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:17:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around half of adults in the U.S. struggle with understanding... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Continuous News
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Blue Springs, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a sheriff's deputy... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 4:51:08 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
5pm 56°
6pm 52°
7pm 48°
8pm 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
PGA Tour Golf
5:00p
Jeopardy!
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:00p
Elementary
5:00p
Sheriffs El Dorado County
5:30p
Sheriffs El Dorado County

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Will & Grace
7:30p
Superstore
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
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