Ryan Levi / KBIA

Homelessness is never easy, and that’s especially true in the wintertime when temperatures drop and shelters fill up. Sid Howard and his wife Patricia know this firsthand.


“Me and my wife became homeless Christmas Eve of 2014,” Sid said. “We didn't know what we was going to do.”


“We stayed in hotels,” Patricia said. “Spent up all our money there.”


Welcome to 2016! Our first show of the new year features a conversation with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN about Columbia's Room at the Inn, an 'emergency winter homeless shelter' for those with no place to go. Because of the holiday today, the shelter will be open for 24 hours. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, watch! January 1, 2016

Trevor Harris / KBIA

After years of declining membership, a Columbia church recently started a new ministry that is reconnecting that congregation to its North Central Columbia neighborhood. Hear the story of the outreach program recently taken on by the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

This story is part of our series "Shortage in Rich Land" on Missouri's Bootheel region. Click here to see all of the stories.

Anthony Smith has a spiel he will deliver many, many times today.

“I’m Anthony Smith with the Family Counseling Center," he says, "and today is identified as the 'point-in-time count' for the state of Missouri. The governor’s office does this annually. We try to conduct a winter count to identify individuals who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless in our community.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELLY SILVEY, Executive Producer of KOMU-TV's "No One Left Behind," an hour-long documentary that follows three veterans from enlistment to homelessness. The special airs tomorrow night at 7:00 on KOMU. January 27, 2015

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Chamberlain, Room at the Inn

Jan 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN, Coordinator of Columbia's Room at the Inn. Now in its 6th year, Room at the Inn provides shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. If you'd like to help out with money, time or donations, please watch for details! January 26, 2015

Veterans United makes substantial donation

Dec 12, 2014
Veterans United Home Loans

Veterans United Home Loans announced Thursday a $1 million dollar donation to the organization Welcome Home for the housing of Columbia's homeless veterans. The donation was made by the corporation on behalf of the employees. The former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East will be renovated into a campus with 25 on-site apartments known as Patriot Place.

Veterans United President of Strategic Operations Greg Steinhoff presented the check and says the donation is huge for supporting veterans.

United Way of Callaway County

A record set at one Callaway County homeless shelter could reflect a bigger problem.

Wiley House, a shelter for homeless adult men and women, had a record number of individuals stay overnight in July and August. Executive Director Brad Sheppard said the shelter has seen an increase every year since it opened in 2009, but he still didn’t expect such high numbers.