Community Partnership of the Ozarks announced a new program to put the area’s homeless inside hotels and motels until the end of May.
The CPO’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness’ COVID-19 task force reports 105 homeless residents of the area being housed in hotels and motels around Springfield because of grants from the Mercy Health Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks. However, the funding will only keep these people sheltered until the end of April.
OAEH wants to raise enough funds through the “Merciful Nights” campaign to expand the number of rooms available for shelter from 80 to 150 through the end of May or early June.
They hope to raise $50,000 in donations along with hotels or motels pledging rooms at a rate of $150 a week for up to four weeks.
A recent report from the Convention and Visitors Bureau said that hotel occupancy in the area was just over 21 percent, a 67 percent decline from normal for the area.
Currently no homeless in the community have been diagnosed with COVID-19.