New homeless center planned to be built in Columbia
COLUMBIA - A new homeless center is set to be built in Columbia to combat the homelessness issue the city faces.
Broadway Christian Church Senior Minister and Columbia Alliance to Combat Homelessness (C.A.T.C.H.) Board Member Tim Carson represented C.A.T.C.H. at the Columbia Community Development Commission meeting Wednesday evening.
C.A.T.C.H. is reaching out to the city of Columbia to get funding approval for the first grant of $44,000 for the homeless center.
The group was created to focus specifically on building the homeless shelter and finding new ways to help with homeless issues in Columbia in the future.
Carson said Columbia has been in need of a new resource to help with the high rates of homeless people in the Columbia area for years.
"This is something we've been wanting to do for a long time," Carson said.
The homeless center is planned to be built on North Eighth Street near Columbia College and Business Loop 70.
Carson said the center will be able to house more than 50 people every day of the year.
"The goal is for it to be 365 days, 24 hours a day, seven days a week...with heating and cooling and full resource access," Carson said.
He said this is important because it provides a place for people to sleep as well as complete daily activities.
"It would also be a day center, and so that would be a place where they could have a post office box, they could have a place that future employers could contact them," Carson said.
He said if everything goes as planned, construction will begin sometime in 2017.