New initiative to help with homeless outreach
COLUMBIA (AP) — A task force has teamed up with the Columbia Homeless Outreach Team to start a new initiative that helps find housing for the homeless and tackles issues contributing to homelessness.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the goal is to find permanent housing for the homeless rather than create more shelters. The initiative was discussed at a conference this week at the Daniel Boone City Building with about 50 people in attendance.
A task force is focusing on veterans and chronically homeless people. The Functional Zero Task Force is made up of people from 13 different Columbia programs that serve the homeless.
Under the program, team members build relationships with homeless people who are then matched with a case manager to guide them through the process.