Homelessness in Joplin made more difficult by lack of affordable housing

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The issue of homelessness was a hot-button issue during the Joplin city council elections that took place on Tuesday. Numerous candidates said that the city had not addressed the problem well enough.

On Monday, during the informal meeting portion of the Joplin city council meeting Tammy Walker, with the Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area, provided an in-depth update on the state of homelessness in Joplin.

Walker speaking Monday regarding trying to find affordable housing. “It’s very difficult. I am a housing provider myself, and I serve a lot of single individuals with little to no income; I still house them. But finding that will meet fair market rent value is very difficult.”

According to The Homeless Coalition’s Homeless Census Count from 2014 through 2021, Joplin’s number of homeless individuals has largely remained stable, counting an average of 271 homeless residents over the past eight years. This year’s January count was canceled due to Omicron but has been rescheduled to this summer.

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