Homelessness means an individual or family are lacking stable and appropriate housing. This includes moving between temporary shelters, the homes of family or friends, and finding shelter in public or private properties. Without proper housing or shelter, it is difficult to acquire the needed resources and networks to find stability.
Addressing homelessness is a difficult challenge, but there are steps that can be taken to move the community in the right direction. Open dialogue can be maintained with local service providers in order to encourage development of effective programs to help individuals find a stable environment. To do this, it is important to educate the community on the effects of donating to panhandlers versus charitable organizations.
While taking steps to reduce homelessness in the community, the City must respond to both health and safety concerns voiced by residents in the City Manager’s Listening Tour. Many respondents to the survey voiced that Joplin is a community that aids those in need, but that the transient population is an area of concern. This suggests that the City may need to balance the aid provided by the community with efforts that limit the opportunity for those in need to take advantage of the existing systems and support provided by the community. Because Joplin is a giving and supportive community, the community becomes an attractive environment for those in need.
By addressing these areas of homelessness, the City can reduce the negative effects of transient trespassing and increase safety on public and private properties. Without community supported efforts to balance and deter those that harm, vandalize, and threaten the safety and viability of the community, it will hamper the city’s ability to grow and thrive.
How can it be addressed?
Please click on any of the links below to learn more about each strategy developed by staff in order to address homelessness in Joplin.
To see the full set of 2021 Action Plans please clickhere.
We encourage our citizens to learn more about these initiatives that have been identified as potential uses for funding provided through the use tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. To learn more about the use tax as a potential source of funding please see the Proposition Action FAQ page.
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