Life On The Outside

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Sunday, February 11 2007 Feb 11, 2007 Sunday, February 11, 2007 7:12:15 PM CST February 11, 2007 in News
She's not the only one that had a hard time with the cost of city living.

"I mean there were some times I wouldn't be able to buy my kids the stuff that they wanted, so I would have to tell them 'no, I can't afford that right now, we don't have no money,'" said Misty Heistand, Boone county resident.

They both have an easier time now, but some people aren't so lucky. It's a complicated problem. Most services are in the center of Columbia. But a rapidly growing group that needs them are outside the city with no consistent way of getting the help they need.

"The services aren't out there. So if something happens they lose their job, or one partner gets sick, or something happens to the children how do they get where the services are?" said Almeta Crayton, Columbia city council member.

But higher city rents, taxes and utilities leave some people no choice. A mother of two says no matter what, she couldn't have stayed in the city.

"You were looking for other ways to heat the home, or get assistance in getting things done in the home, and staying over at friends' houses or something if you can't meet you bills," said Susan Wheeler, Boone county resident.

Now, she and her family get by living south of town.  The director of the Voluntary Action Center says it didn't used to be so hard for her clients to live in Columbia.

"Many more were living within the city limits close to our office, and over the years this has changed. We've seen more of a migration to the county," said Cindy Mustard, Columbia resident.

She says living outside the city adds to their problems.

"And so the day to day access of transportation into services, health care, food, clothing whatever it might be, makes it a real challenge for a lot of people who live outside the city limits," Mustard said.

The Central Missouri Food Bank is a big resource to people who need an extra hand.

"We'd probably run out of food, probably in the middle of the month, and be scraping to get money together to try to get just a little bit here and there," said Deloris Boykin, Columbia resident.

Boykin came down with her parents from 15 miles away, but at least they have a car.  The food bank manager says as the city expands, people who need food but don't have cars have a serious problem.

"The people who need the services the most are being pushed farther away from the services just by basic economics. And so they're getting out farther away and yet having less reliable transportation," said Sean Ross, pantry directory.

But getting to the pantry is only half the battle. Almeta Crayton and Cindy Mustard both said it would help to have more public transportation out into the county. In the meantime, the food bank would welcome anyone willing to drive food out to people who need it.  The Missouri Department of Economic Development says, about half way through last year, Missouri had the fifth lowest cost of living in the U.S.

If you have a problem or concern you would like Target 8 to investigate give the team a call at 573-884-6397 or e-mail us target8@komu.com

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) - President Donald Trump hopes to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington this fall, White House press secretary... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Planned Parenthood advocates demonstrated a mock health care waiting room in Governor Parson's office Thursday. The... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has charged a former Greenville city clerk with stealing more than... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:07:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State conservation officials say six black bears have died after being hit by vehicles in Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:02:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
ALBANY (AP) — Prosecutors say a northern Missouri man and woman subjected an 11-year-old girl to nearly a year of... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:54:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A police detective and an official with the U.S. Marshals Service are recovering after being shot... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate have been indicted on multiple felonies following a... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Florida man suspected of shooting a trooper is hospitalized in... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:19:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A new study released Wednesday by Climate Central found conservation farming practices can help promote healthier soil and... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation to present... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to clarify his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers Wednesday afternoon, hours after... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:33:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Four National Handball Champions are coming to Columbia Saturday. Wilson’s Fitness on Forum Boulevard is hosting its... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:35:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MARIES COUNTY - At the City of Belle Fair, officers arrested a sex offender carrying a stun-gun Wednesday night. ... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:47:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:33:33 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:28:02 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Run-down buildings, scuffed up sidewalks and empty lots are what people first see when they exit off I-70... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:23:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:20:28 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
8pm 80°
9pm 78°
10pm 76°
11pm 75°