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Bartle Warming Center Closing | COVID-19 Variants Update

A woman sits with her belongings a City Market Park (Dec. 18, 2020)
Carlos Moreno
When the temporary downtown Scott Eike Warming Center at Bartle Hall closes March 13, hundreds of Kansas City homeless will be left with no escape from cold nighttime temperatures.

As Kansas City prepares to close the temporary shelter at Bartle Hall a better plan for the homeless remains elusive, and some COVID-19 variants have found their way to Missouri and Kansas City.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:39: Why finding a better response to the plight of the homeless is so difficult.
The temporary warming center at Bartle Hall has been providing overnight shelter to Kansas City's homeless population during the recent arctic blast. Now that it is closing, the city is still no closer to a long-term solution for sheltering its homeless.

  • Mindy Boyd, donations clerk at Bartle Hall
  • Eric Berger, executive director of Shelter KC

Segment 2, beginning at 29:03: The spread of coronavirus variants appear to be happening faster than vaccines are being distributed.

Variations of COVID-19 are popping up all over the world and traces of several have been found in Missouri and Kansas City. We examine what is causing these mutations, whether current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against them and just how worried we should be.

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As Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.