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by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | January 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's not a number to celebrate, but the higher number of unsheltered homeless, the better.  Agencies in the Ozarks spent Tuesday night and Wednesday spreading out across the area, collecting information on people who spend the night out in the elements. The more people who are found and counted in the annual count, the more money this area can receive to help homeless people. In a room inside the Missouri Hotel, it was standing room only on Wednesday.  Dozens of unsheltered homeless people showed up to be counted, but in every seat was only a sampling.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | January 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Survey teams hit the streets of Springfield on Wednesday.  They're trying to get an accurate look at the number of homeless people in the region.  It's important because the figure determines how much funding goes to local non-profit groups.  The Council of Churches of the Ozarks says it counts both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.  That means people who were staying in the Missouri Hotel when it caught fire...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group that helps homeless people would like to come up with an acre of property in the city where people could live in their vehicles if they have no permanent housing.  The Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center plans to hold a news conference on Thursday morning to talk about the proposal. A news release announcing Rice's news conference says his group plans to launch an initiative petition drive to ask voters to force the city to set aside an acre for "the Homeless of Springfield to reside until permanent housing can be Established & provided.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City officials asked a Greene County circuit judge to order New Life Evangelistic Center to stop letting people camp in tents and vehicles behind its Veterans Coming Home Center near downtown.  New Life Evangelistic Center, headed by the Rev. Larry Rice, has been letting homeless people camp in the fenced parking since about Nov. 8 in defiance of city officials who say the parking lot isn't zoned for overnight camping. The lawsuit against New Life Evangelistic Center was filed late Wednesday afternoon.  The city says it's seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions and a temporary restraining order against the parking lot camp.  "The City of Springfield has issued two letters to Larry Rice and NLECI stating that use of the property as a campground violates the City's zoning for that property.  The City has no other enforcement option other than to file these peitions and rely on court action," a city news release says.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 3, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Several months after his effort to set up a downtown tent community, the Rev. Larry Rice is making another plea on behalf of homeless people in the city. A small tent community outside the Veterans Coming Home Center was shut down just before Thanksgiving by the city, because it wasn't a legal use of the land.  Rice had also started a petition asking the city to set one acre of land for a tent community.  Now he's asking just about anyone with land.   On these hot summer days, Rice says an average of 80 to 100 homeless take advantage of the Veterans Coming Home Center, but they need a place to go at night.  "We feel the need exists here in Springfield, Mo., because of a lack of shelter and because of the fact there's many many people right now that are facing critical needs in Springfield," Rice said.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 10, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Rev. Larry Rice, an advocate for homeless people, opened a parking lot for homeless people to camp in tents and vehicles near downtown.  The City of Springfield objects, however, because the camp violates zoning laws. Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center has operated the Veterans Coming Home Center on Jefferson Avenue, a block north of Chestnut Expressway for three years.  The center is only open during business hours.  Now, with Rice opening the tarped-off parking lot since Tuesday night, homeless men and women are taking advantage of it.  City officials say it can't last.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 18, 2012
LEBANON , Mo. -- Mike Duran wants to open a new homeless shelter here.  He's eyeing a site west of Lebanon near Phillipsburg , in a building that used to be an old boat factory.   Mike has been helping homeless people in Springfield for more than a decade.  In fact, he says if he ever gets a shelter up and running near Lebanon, he wants to model it after Springfield's Victory Mission. "It's  just a perfect location.  It's out of everybody's way, but it's actually right on I-44," said Duran.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | October 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- In one day, homeless individuals can access services that could otherwise take up to eight months. It's being made possible through Hope Connection, and they need your help. This event is not just a day for people to wait in line for a pamphlet with some information on it. This is a day for people to have immediate access to important services. Hope Connection is a One Day, One-Stop Service Site for the community's homeless population. Last year, Hope Connection served more than 350 homeless people---everything from healthcare to education to employment to haircuts.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | January 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Volunteers will hit the streets to get an accurate count of homeless people in the area.  The count is used to help allocate money to shelters and service agencies. The Community Partnership of the Ozarks has been counting for the past six years.  Its volunteers search high and low in places that most people may not want to go. "We have a lot more homeless people living here than the general community thinks," said Alissa Jecklin, chair of the Homeless Count Task Force.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | November 18, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Attorneys for the City of Springfield and New Life Evangelistic Center signed an agreement on Friday morning, that a parking lot near downtown will no longer be used as a camping area for homeless people.  NLEC's staff started taking down tents around the parking lot within an hour of a judge approving the agreement. The parking lot is next to NLEC's Veterans Coming Home Center on Jefferson Avenue, one block north of Chestnut Expressway.  The center's staff put a tarp on the fence around the parking lot on Nov. 8 and started letting homeless people camp in vehicles and tents at night.  City officials sent two letters to NLEC saying camping on the property in tents, travel trailers, campers and recreational vehicles violates zoning ordinances.  Attorneys for NLEC disputed that.  The city filed a lawsuit against NLEC on Wednesday and sought a temporary restraining order against the parking lot camp.  A hearing was scheduled for Friday morning on the lawsuit.  That hearing was canceled after an assistant city attorney filed a stipulation that NLEC's attorney signed.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Volunteers with several local organizations are performing the second count of the homeless this year in Greene, Christian and Webster counties. The "Every One Counts" event serves to document the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the Springfield metro area. According to a news release from the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, more than 750 people are homeless at any given time in Greene County alone, with one-third of those living without shelter.
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by KY3 News | May 19, 2013
LEBANON, Mo.-- Laclede County deputies removed two homeless people from their storage unit after it was discovered they were living in there. A 35-year-old Lebanon woman and a 35-year-old Kansas City man were found sleeping on a couch inside. The woman admitted to living there after deputies found a bucket being used a toilet.     
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | October 27, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's shaping up to be another night in the 20s -- and those low temperatures are not just uncomfortable but can also be dangerous. Homeless shelters across Springfield likely will fill up.  Victory Misson only has two available beds in the men's shelter.  Managers expectrf several more walk-ins on Saturday night. Victory Mission is practically the only walk-in shelter in town for men.  Meanwhile, a place called Safe to Sleep is assisting women and children.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | October 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- In one day, homeless individuals can access services that could otherwise take up to eight months. It's being made possible through Hope Connection, and they need your help. This event is not just a day for people to wait in line for a pamphlet with some information on it. This is a day for people to have immediate access to important services. Hope Connection is a One Day, One-Stop Service Site for the community's homeless population. Last year, Hope Connection served more than 350 homeless people---everything from healthcare to education to employment to haircuts.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | October 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A few weeks after The Kitchen, Inc., said it would close one of the biggest food pantries in the Ozarks, another group that feeds hungry people is gearing up to expand its services. More than 150 families come to The Kitchen's food pantry every day.  In just a few weeks, they will have to go somewhere else.  For decades, volunteers at The Kitchen have fed hungry people. That's all about to change as the organization restructures to better help homeless people.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | September 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One of the biggest food pantries in the Ozarks is closing its doors.  On the heels of The Salvation Army saying it's cutting back on its food services, The Kitchen plans to close its food pantry. More than 3,000 families get food from The Kitchen's pantry every month.  Its doors will close by the end of the year. Workers want needy families to start making plans now so they are prepared. More than 160 hungry families come to the Kitchen's food pantry every day.  Those families will now have to go elsewhere.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 3, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Several months after his effort to set up a downtown tent community, the Rev. Larry Rice is making another plea on behalf of homeless people in the city. A small tent community outside the Veterans Coming Home Center was shut down just before Thanksgiving by the city, because it wasn't a legal use of the land.  Rice had also started a petition asking the city to set one acre of land for a tent community.  Now he's asking just about anyone with land.   On these hot summer days, Rice says an average of 80 to 100 homeless take advantage of the Veterans Coming Home Center, but they need a place to go at night.  "We feel the need exists here in Springfield, Mo., because of a lack of shelter and because of the fact there's many many people right now that are facing critical needs in Springfield," Rice said.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | January 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Officials of the City of Springfield and The Kitchen, Inc. , said Monday afternoon that some residents of the Missouri Hotel will be able to return on Tuesday.   A fire on Jan. 20 caused so much smoke, water and heat damage that 185 formerly homeless residents were not able to stay there until repairs and clean-ups were completed. The residents have been staying at Cox North Hospital and a church.  The third and fourth floors will open first, followed by the second and first floors.  All residents may not be back in the building for two or three more weeks.  About 100 people may move back on Tuesday.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | January 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Staff members and volunteers with the Community Partnership's Continuum of Care Committee in Springfield hit the streets to try to get an accurate count of the area's homeless population on Wednesday.  The committee counts the homeless population every six months.  Estimates from the last two counts show there is a population of about 200 homeless people who do not sleep in area shelters.  Another 500-600 regularly sleep...
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | January 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Survey teams hit the streets of Springfield on Wednesday.  They're trying to get an accurate look at the number of homeless people in the region.  It's important because the figure determines how much funding goes to local non-profit groups.  The Council of Churches of the Ozarks says it counts both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.  That means people who were staying in the Missouri Hotel when it caught fire...
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