Draft Springfield Housing Coalition’s State of Homelessness

Guidance and Hope

If you recently become homeless there is hope!  The Springfield Coalition is a collection of organizations and individuals determined to end homelessness.  That stated, ending homelessness is work.  It must be done one day at a time; one person at a time.  And we believe the best way to end homelessness is by equipping those who are experiencing homelessness with the right information.

On this website there is information coming directly from the data system behind the shelters and housing services. 

Here you will find:

  • Addresses of Emergency Shelters with available beds
  • Average time a person is homeless in Springfield
  • Types of housing resources and availability

A Place Tonight

The first job to do is find a safe place to sleep.  Springfield has many emergency shelters which will provide a place to sleep.  Do do not need an ID to get in.  Unfortunately, not all shelters have room. 

Here is an up to date list of shelters with a free bed:

Agency Open Restrictions Address
San Diego Development Center 4 – 11 PM None 1811 W. Ender
4 RHY Emergency Shelter Any Under 18 1754 Puris Blvd.
Men’s Dorm 4 – 11 PM None 211 Greeny Dr.
Women’s Dorm 4 – 11 PM None 212 Greeny Dr.
Family Units Any Family 211 Greeny Dr.
Rooted Youth Program 6 – 9 PM Under 18 1100 Hopkins Rd. 
ESG Emergency Shelter Any None 211 Greeny Dr.

I’ve a shelter bed. Now what?

Once you have a safe place to sleep, know it’s not your home.  It’s just a place to rest while you get to work getting your own home.  It’s going to be hard work, but you’ll make it.


In fact, most people leave homelessness quickly.  This is great!

We got the data back it up. Here is a calculation directly from the data showing how the average number of days someone was homeless in Springfield in 2016. So, don’t give up hope.

Ok, now you have a safe bed and know this is not forever. Let’s talk about housing.

 

Getting Out

When experiencing homelessness you will find a lot of bad information when it comes to housing resources. This worries us at the Springfield Coalition–when an individual is homeless bad information can be severely damaging.

We are going to do our best to break down housing assistance programs.

There are essentially two types of housing assistance programs:

  • Assistance for those who need a jump start back into housing.  This is referred to as “Rapid Rehousing” and is assistance to help pay rent for less than a year
  • Assistance for those with severe disabilities.  These programs are referred to as “Permanent Supportive Housing. “

Most individuals who leave homelessness do so without any assistance.  The next large percentage receive short-term assistance, and extremely receive long-term assistance

Here is the current availability of 

Springfield Housing Coalition’s State of Homelessness

Many organizations funding homeless services in Springfield require a centralized collection of data on individuals as they move from housing crisis to stably housed. These data are meant to inform stakeholders, allowing targeted interventions on a system level. Currently, the Springfield Housing Coalition is responsible for collecting and maintaining these data.

At the Springfield Housing Coalition, transparency is a core value. We believe information equips an individual to make better decisions. To put this core value in practice we have the following visualizations drawn directly from our data system. The information contained in this page is live.

Whether funder, volunteer, concerned neighbor, or an individual in housing crisis we hope this information helps us collectively end homelessness.

How many Individuals Experience Homelessness?

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of Clients 123 100 129 456 100

The number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Springfield has been slowly increasing over the years. The largest increase on record started in late 2016, when the 3E factory closed. The local high unemployment and lack of affordable housing is suspect for large increase in 2017.  This is supported further by the decline in 2018, as the local economy stabilized.

Help. I’ve lost my place to live.

Guidance and Hope

If you recently become homeless there is hope!  The Springfield Housing Coalition is a collection of organizations and individuals determined to end homelessness.  That stated, ending homelessness is work.  It must be done one day at a time; one person at a time.  And we believe the best way to end homelessness is by equipping those who are experiencing homelessness with the right information.

On this website there is information coming directly from the data system behind the shelters and housing services. 

Here you will find:

  • Addresses of Emergency Shelters with available beds
  • Average time a person is homeless in Springfield
  • Types of housing resources and availability

A Place Tonight

The first job to do is find a safe place to sleep.  Springfield has many emergency shelters, which will provide a safe place to the night.  You do not need an ID to get in.  Unfortunately, not all shelters have room. 

Here is a list of shelters with beds free:

Agency Open Restrictions Address
San Diego Development Center 4 – 11 PM None 1811 W. Ender
4 RHY Emergency Shelter Any Under 18 1754 Puris Blvd.
Men’s Dorm 4 – 11 PM None 211 Greeny Dr.
Women’s Dorm 4 – 11 PM None 212 Greeny Dr.
Family Units Any Family 211 Greeny Dr.
Rooted Youth Program 6 – 9 PM Under 18 1100 Hopkins Rd. 
ESG Emergency Shelter Any None 211 Greeny Dr.

I’ve a shelter bed. Now what?

Once you have a safe place to sleep, know it’s not your home.  It’s just a place to rest while work on getting back on your feet.  It’s going to be hard work, but you’ll make it.


In fact, most people leave homelessness quickly.  This is great!

And we’ve got the data back it up. Here is a calculation directly from the data showing how the average number of days someone was homeless in Springfield in 2016. So, don’t give up hope.

Ok, now you have a safe bed and know this is not forever. Let’s talk about housing.

 

Getting Out

When experiencing homelessness you will find a lot of bad information when it comes to housing resources. This worries us at the Springfield Coalition–when an individual is homeless bad information can be catastrophic.

Therefore, we are going to try and break down housing assistance programs.

There are essentially two types of housing assistance programs:

  • Assistance for those who need a jump start back into housing.  This is referred to as “Rapid Rehousing” and is assistance to help pay rent for less than a year
  • Assistance for those with severe disabilities.  These programs are referred to as “Permanent Supportive Housing. “

Most individuals who leave homelessness do so without any assistance.  The next large percentage receive short-term assistance, and extremely few receive long-term assistance

Here is the current availability of 

Total Number of Clients by Project Type

 

This here is a Look. Is it is generated using Clarity’s HMIS Performance Public Access features. Isn’t nice? We like them a lot. It helps a COC tell their story to all stakeholders, not just those within the bounds of an HMIS agreement.

System Performance Measures

 

This here is a Look. Is it is generated using Clarity’s HMIS Performance Public Access features. Isn’t nice? We like them a lot. It helps a COC tell their story to all stakeholders, not just those within the bounds of an HMIS agreement.