SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On the heels of a task force report on how to better help homeless people in the city comes unwelcome news for Springfield School District students and their families. The district saw a sharp increase in the number of homeless students right after the holiday weekend. It’s more evidence that dealing with homelessness in this community has much further to go.
Four-year-old Ritchey Langrell is a ball of energy who’s been bouncing around the Missouri Hotel since early July.
"Sometimes it's a little difficult but, for the most part, it's actually been pretty good,” said his father, Steven Langrell.
Ritchey gets his parents to himself most days, as his two older brothers attend school. They're two of about 200 Springfield School District students without permanent homes,
"I know from experiencing this before -- it's heavier. It's also heavier because of the time of the year,” said school district attendance coordinator Becky Morgan.