Center for Health and Housing

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

After Helping Hands of Springfield ended its effort to open a shelter and medical clinic for the city’s homeless, some community members say they worry about what that decision could mean for the city. The project fell through after major financial supporters stepped down and several community groups did not support the center's location on the east side. 

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Helping Hands of Springfield announced Thursday the non-profit is ending its effort to open a shelter and medical clinic for the city’s homeless.  

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

The fate of a proposed medical clinic and emergency shelter to serve Springfield’s homeless and low-income residents is in doubt. Mayor Jim Langfelder is now trying to rebuild support for the project after council members publicly criticized him for what they call “lack of leadership.”

Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

After four hours of contentious debate Tuesday night, the Springfield City Council approved the location of a 24-hour center that would provide emergency shelter and health services to the homeless.

The vote Tuesday night was 8-2, with Ward 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory and Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner voting against the measure.

Supporters of the Center for Health and Housing, to be placed at 521 S. 11th Street, say it will have multiple services under one roof and bring needed medical services to the city’s East Side.

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Springfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday approved the zoning change for a building on the east side that could become the proposed Center for Health and Housing. The center would provide emergency shelter, health and mental healthcare, and other services for those experiencing homelessness. The vote was 6 to 3 in favor to change the building’s zoning from industrial to office zoning.

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Springfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission will soon consider the location of a new Center for Health and Housing. The center would provide emergency shelter, health care and other services for those experiencing homelessness. But some homeowners near the proposed site say they’re opposed because they’ve been excluded in the early phases of the project.