SGF task force created to address homelessness, shelter, poverty

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The Springfield chapter of the NAACP has created an Economic Justice Task Force to address — among several other issues — the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless community, especially in cold weather.

“This effort seeks to advocate for justice and change in our community in areas related to poverty and homelessness. The core values of the NAACP which include; Economic Opportunity, Health, Education, Criminal Justice, and Local and Federal Advocacy all call us to action to address gaps in policies, practices, and the way that people are viewed and treated in our city,” a post on the NAACP’s Facebook page read. 

The task force will be a yearlong collaborative effort between the NAACP’s Religious Affairs Committee, Housing Committee, and the Women in the NAACP committee. Its first meeting will be via Zoom on Friday.

East Sunshine Church of Christ operates an emergency cold weather shelter, shown in this January 2011 file photo.

‘Immense’ concerns

Brentwood Christian Church Rev. Phil Snider is among the several faith leaders who have been tapped to serve on the task force. There are also people involved in housing, as well as homeless advocates and people who have lived experience with homelessness.

“The concerns surrounding homelessness in Springfield and the Ozarks are immense,” Snider said. “Our rates of poverty are off the charts and as a community, we’ve got to come together in all facets: people of faith and people of good faith who may not necessarily be religious. It just takes all of us coming together to do what we can for the common good of everybody in our community.”

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