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Columbia Parks and Rec to clear out homeless encampment on Monday; year-round shelter doesn’t expect to see increased occupancy

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The City of Columbia is expected to begin clearing out a homeless encampment on Monday, according to a sign posted near the site. The encampment is located in a wooded area near Old 63 and Broadway. According to the sign, Parks and Recreation will conduct the clean-up, and asked for personal belongings

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Jefferson City police, city officials noticing more homeless individuals in city

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ) Jefferson City is experiencing an increase in its homeless population, according to Jefferson City Police Department Lt. David Williams. Williams said he believed the up-tick stems from the individuals moving to Jefferson City from Columbia, after homeless encampments were cleared throughout the city. Homeless encampments have been cleared out in wooded

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Columbia and Boone County leaders considering tiny homes for potential shelter option in Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Columbia and Boone County leaders are learning more about tiny homes and what they could look like in Mid-Missouri. A city spokesperson said 10 city leaders visited Eden Village last week, a tiny home community in Springfield, Missouri. The group included City Manager De’Carlon Seewood, Police Chief Jill Schlude and Housing and

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Homelessness affects hundreds in Mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Homelessness affects more than half a million people nationwide, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Mid-Missouri is no exception. According to the 2022 Point in Time Count, 1,571 individuals in Missouri were experiencing homelessness. One-third of those individuals are considered “unsheltered.” That means those individuals are living on the

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