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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 06:07 am

Change for the homeless

Springfield will seek its share of $1.5 billion in federal funds for homeless services. The funds were set aside by Congress “for short-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services for families who may become homeless due to the economic crisis.” Sandy Robinson, the city’s community relations director, says the capital city’s portion would total approximately $500,000. Homeless United for Change, a Springfield group that advocates for economic and social justice, this week called for transparency from the “city council [and] from the mayor and full disclosure from the agencies that get the money.” Worry not, Robinson says. Not only are the funds closely monitored by federal housing officials but a public hearing will be held — Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. in city council chambers — to gather input from the community about how the money should be spent.

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