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Springfield Affordable Housing Center offers many housing options under one roof

June 03, 2013|by Linda Russell, KY3 News | lrussell@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The new Springfield Affordable Housing Center is a dream come true for those who work to provide housing for homeless and low-income people.  It's on Central Street on the north side of the city government plaza and it opens its doors on June 5.

The remodeling and renovation of the building is exciting but what's even more exciting for those at the Springfield Affordable Housing Center is dreaming about the lives they will change. 

"We are over the moon about it.  We are so excited to be able to bring this community vision to fruition," said Michelle Garand, deputy director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Community Partnership is facilitating the center in a building leased from the city. 

"We've always been and had that mission to provide good decent affordable housing, and we felt this was a very good opportunity to partner with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks," said Brendan Griesemer, Planning and Development manager for the City of Springfield.

"The City of Springfield has been amazingly supportive with this, by offering the building and really helping us with the rehab and really establishing this," said Garand.

The location is on a bus route and in the center of Springfield.  Garand hopes it will mean easy access for those without a home or those struggling to afford one. 

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"Really, the primary goal is to reduce barriers, whether they are physical barriers, transportation barriers or information barriers," said Garand.

One Door, which coordinates shelter space, will relocate to the center.  The Springfield Community Land Trust will help those seeking home ownership, and other agencies such as the Springfield Housing Authority, Veterans Administration and Catholic Charities will help to offer affordable housing options.

"We think it'll provide them a one-stop shop that'll actually save them time instead of having to call several different agencies," said Griesemer.

The primary goal is to help people find a place to call home. 

"It just does so much to stabilize a family, of course get someone back on their feet so they can get back in the community and do what they need to do," said Garand.

The grand opening of the Springfield Affordable Housing Center is set for Wednesday, June 5.  Partners will be moving in throughout the summer, and they plan to launch a website this summer that will list affordable housing units in Greene, Christian and Webster counties.  The public will be able to use computers at the center to access the site.

You can learn more at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks website, or by calling (417) 888-2020.

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