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Kansas City rolls out new extreme weather plan to help homeless

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The city is launching a new action plan to help homeless people find shelter during the cold winter months.

It’s an effort to coordinate aid with charities.

Elected leaders and private shelter providers began a new Homeless Shelter Dashboard on Monday to better track available beds for those in need of shelter.

Kansas City also set up a “Keep Caring KC” fund for homeless people because last year many people dropped cash donations at the city’s Bartle Hall shelter, and Assemblyman Ryana Parks-Shaw said. there are “dissimilarities” in that donation. was processed, but not all of the money went to those in need.

This season, the city’s new severe weather triggering plan calls for a community center to open as an emergency shelter only when all private shelters are full and when daytime high temperatures occur. freezing or below, or overnight temperatures reaching 20 degrees or less.

“Once their maximum capacity is met, the city will open more community centers as shelters,” explains Parks-Shaw. “What makes this year different from last year is that we are collaborating and using the resources we already have, with experts leading us in the field.”

Kansas City has also established a community shuttle center that gathers at the City Union Mission warehouse to receive donations of warm clothing, toiletries, and other supplies.

City Council approved $650,000 to help private shelters expand capacity and hire more staff.

Allowing homeless people to use private shelters remains an issue.

Last night, for example, the City Delegation told FOX4 it had about 100 beds for single men.

https://fox4kc.com/news/kansas-city-launches-new-extreme-weather-plan-to-aid-homeless/ Kansas City rolls out new extreme weather plan to help homeless

JACLYN DIAZ

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