A new study from the National Center on Family Homelessness shows Missouri ranks 31st in the nation for homeless children. The study says over 53,000 children in Missouri were homeless last year, up four thousand from the previous year. Georgia Jones, executive director of Soul's Harbor in Joplin, tells News Talk KZRG she has seen more homeless kids during that time.
"Over the last couple of years, there's probably been an increase of somewhere between 20 to 25 percent at least of homeless children that have come into this facility with one parent...or both parents. We get a lot of them that come in with single parents."
Why is there an increase? Jones says the economy hasn't improved for the populations they deal with. Stephanie Theis, executive director of Children's Haven in Joplin, gives News Talk KZRG another theory. "A lot of it, I think, is the current lack of low income rental housing that's available in the community now. That was here before (the Joplin tornado in) 2011 and now is not feasible to build."
That study ranks Kansas 22nd in homeless children and Oklahoma 43rd.
Pittsburg Police are looking for a man who robbed a store at knifepoint Tuesday night. Officers responded to the Sprint Store on West 29th. A store employee says a black male entered the store, brandished a large knife and demanded money. He got an undisclosed amount of cash and left. The suspect is described as a black male, six foot tall with a stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and a hoodie. If you have information on this robbery, call Pittsburg Police.