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Report Released on Local Homeless and At-Risk Youth

Photo Credit: Community Partnership of the Ozarks
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Photo Credit: Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Out of 150 young, at-risk individuals surveyed in the Springfield area, 64 percent said they’d been homeless with a parent or caregiver at some point in their lives—that’s according to a new report.  KSMU’s Megan Burke has more.

The report, released by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, shows results from a survey of 150 Ozarks residents between the ages of 11 and 25 seeking services from local agencies.

Amanda Stadler coordinates the continuum of care for the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. She says the report is critical for the community.

“To really understand what the needs are that youth in our community are facing so we can adapt services to meet those needs.”

Stadler says, even if young people aren’t experiencing homelessness and do have a place to stay, it’s often not a safe environment.