To address the homelessness problem in Springfield, the solution may be -- literally -- breaking the cycle.
Linda Gessaman, executive director of Homeless United for Change, says those who use Springfield's shelters have to wake up, do chores, eat, and return to the shelter at specific times -- it becomes all they think about. Gessaman says breaking out of that routine can be helpful -- and HUC offers several programs to do so.
Gessaman says another problem to overcome is the stigma attached to homelessness -- she says many people who have no financial, housing or other worries often see homeless people as nothing more than tax dollar wasters -- that's usually not the case.
(posted 6:53 p.m. 11/14/2012 by Alex Degman)