COVID relief funds should go toward shelters, homeless people say

Thanks to additional COVID-relief funding, Springfield and Greene County will be receiving a few extra million dollars to be spent on homeless services.

While the federal government has not yet released the guidelines about how these funds can be spent, the News-Leader spent some time recently talking to homeless people and an advocate about what they’d like to see.

At an outreach dinner last Friday night where volunteers from University Heights Church handed out chicken dinners with green beans and mac-and-cheese, Darlene Corbin and her four-year-old dog, Echo, sat on the curb to eat.

Homeless on the streets of Springfield for about two years, Corbin said her main obstacle to getting into a shelter or housing program is her beloved pet.

Corbin’s had Echo since she was a puppy and wouldn’t consider giving the Shar-pei and pit mix up for anything.