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Who is The Homeless Coalition? 

The Homeless Coalition of Jasper/Newton region is a private, not for profit agency, consisting of area agencies and individuals representing state and local government, not for profit representatives, local law enforcement, and faith based organizations, concerned citizens and former homeless individuals. Any one can become a member of the coalition.

To become a member, one must pay a membership fee, and sign a membership agreement and attend monthly meetings. Each person or agency can select someone to be a voting member of the Coalition.

The Coalition meets once a month to discuss issues related to the homeless in the area, and to educate each other on resources available as well as identifying unmet needs of the homeless and plan new strategies for meeting those needs. Meetings are currently held on the second Monday of the month at 11:30a.m. at The Alliance of Southwest Missouri located at 2914 E 32nd Street, Suite 102 in Joplin.

Mission

The mission of the Coalition is to improve the quality of live in the Jasper/Newton regions impacted by all aspects of homelessness through community education and coordinating of community services.

Vision 

A community that supports a system that prevents homelessness. 

Statistics/Facts 

  • Recent point in time counts have indicated that there are over 400 persons, including children who are homeless in Joplin and the surrounding area. 

  • More and more people are finding themselves in difficult situations related to housing due to the economic fall out. The Coalition is here to help. 
  • Every two minutes a child becomes homeless in America. 

Activities 

  • The Coalition participates in the Continuum of Care. 

  • Members are required to participate in summer and winter point in time counts. 
  • Project Homeless Connect –a one stop shop for homeless persons in the community to located needed resources. 
  • Act as administrator of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). 
  • Work with the Homeless Implementation Team by sitting on the committee or a subcommittee of that group. 

How you can help 

  • Donate your time or services to local non-profit groups or the Homeless Coalition. 

  • Understand who the homeless are. 
  • Donate needed items such as food, blankets, toiletries, toys, books, games, flashlights, sleeping bags, etc. These items are only suggestions. We welcome donations of any type. All donations are tax deductible.
  • Make a monetary tax –deductible donation.
  • Contact a Coalition member to schedule an educational presentation about homelessness in our area.