Public Affairs Community Engagement Project

Focus on Homelessness

The Community Focus Report 2017 has identified key on-going issues facing our community, including the rise in homelessness. 

"Point in Time counts conducted by the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness show that the number of single adults who are unsheltered has risen from 150 in 2012 to 186 in 2016." (Springfield Community Focus, 2017)

MSU students, alumni, faculty and staff are living the Public Affairs mission by serving alongside local agencies to build a stronger community. 

Below are ways you can learn about and engage in this positive change!

Community engagement at MSU


Agencies making a difference

One Door - Community Partnership of the Ozarks

One Door exists to prevent and end homelessness through coordination of resources and navigation of services in Greene and Webster counties in southwest Missouri. One Door provides a central point of entry for many of the shelters and shelter related services in the Greene, Christian, and Webster Continuum of Care geographic area.


Housing First - The Kitchen, Inc.

The Kitchen's Housing First program works to end chronic homelessness by first providing stable housing and then meeting other basic needs. The program's housing model is based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - providing basic shelter first, as it is the foundation for everything else. 



Springfield Victory Mission

Victory Mission offers emergency assistance to individuals and families through many programs, including a food pantry, thrift store and men's shelter. Serve with Victory Mission