With colder weather moving into the area for the next few days, many residents are wondering what is being done to help homeless in the area both in the fight against COVID-19 and the dangerous cold.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks released a statement Thursday discussing their response through partner organizations:
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ (CPO) Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness (OAEH) is coordinating a community-wide COVID-19 response in collaboration with homeless service providers, advocates, the Office of Emergency Management, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and local health care providers. We will provide media updates as information and processes change regarding our unsheltered population.
At this time, service providers are continuing to offer shelter according to City ordinances. CPO’s OAEH is working on a communication plan to provide information to service providers and advocates, as well as our unsheltered population, as access to critical services is adapting and changing as we receive new or updated information regarding COVID-19 response.
Our work to serve our community will not cease. We will continue to facilitate and promote the building of resilient children, healthy families, and strong neighborhoods & communities through collaboration, programming and resource development. As information and recommendations change, we will remain flexible and adaptable in our approach to service and collaboration along with our partners. We will continue to collaborate and serve our community.