Group addresses homelessness in Jefferson City

3 years 11 months 5 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
MOBERLY - A man with four active warrants was arrested Monday night. According to a press release from the... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:17:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Teachers, students and parents at Blue Ridge Elementary School are getting used to new security measures. Over... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple people were trapped in elevators across MU's campus as a result of a widespread power outage Tuesday... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Some new artwork is continuing to pop up and gain interest on the MU campus. So far,... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:30:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - Police are investigating after a Walmart employee found a man dead in a car in the parking lot... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents are asking for road improvements after a driver hit and killed a 17-year-old girl on Clark Lane... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:39:47 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -MU's football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers' average home attendance... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:36:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents of Columbia Public School students are demanding a change to the way they treat students with special... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:29:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, winner of three Emmys and a legend and trailblazer in broadcasting, has died at... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:06:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is helping two county agencies with a death investigation Tuesday. Troop F,... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - School Resource Officers (SROs) will be staying in Columbia Public Schools for at least another month. The Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:22:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A seventeen-year-old is dead after being hit by a car while walking on Clark Lane late Monday night.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 11:20:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A woman face charges of domestic assault, property damage and driving while intoxicated after investigators said she... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 10:11:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. — A head-on crash in Cole County over the weekend killed a St. Louis County couple travelling... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Hickman High School got its first eSports club five years ago, but this year, it's finally getting its... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis-based company is offering free test-preparation classes for high school students in... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city did not collect curbside recycling on Monday due to what they are calling "severe collection staff... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 1:28:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
9am 77°
10am 81°
11am 84°
12pm 87°