Group says Springfield poverty trend will grow without action

Springfield, Missouri Linda Russell August 16, 2016 Community Development + Housing, Equity

About one out of every four people in Springfield lives in poverty. The National Resource Network, a group that aims to help cities with poverty rates higher than 20 percent, says the trend will only continue if something isn’t done.

Researchers from the National Resource Network presented a report about the city to the Springfield City Council at its lunch meeting on Tuesday.

The network found one problem in Springfield is a big shortage of affordable housing. The group plans to hold a workshop with community leaders to develop a targeted approach to fixing that housing supply gap.