City of Springfield and Supporting Agencies Looking to Create Overflow Homeless Shelter

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Springfield - Being homeless can be hard enough, but it can be even tougher when temporary shelter isn't available.

The city of Springfield and some social service agencies are hoping to change that.

The city and others are working together to hopefully create a new overflow shelter.

"If you're putting it into a neighborhood setting, of course, you have to find the right spot and the people around there aren't are necessarily welcoming to that type of facility," said Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder.

With the winter months quickly approaching, and the cold temperatures that follow, Langfelder said it's better to start planning sooner rather than later.

"That's what we're trying to prepare for, so hopefully we'll know in the next couple of weeks if we find the right spot to to have that overflow shelter.  But we have had an influx recently, probably due to the Gold's Gym and the Salvation Army.  There's a lot of conversations around the shelter aspect, even though that's only 10% of the building and it's just for families," he added.

Langfelder also said that it's important for the city, and agencies like Helping Hands and the Salvation Army to work together, and find a way to help the growing homeless population.

"That's the struggle social service agencies have is dwindling dollars that goes towards it and how best they can work together to maximize those resources with the city of Springfield working in conjunction with them," said Langfelder.

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