Bill Seidhoff http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rice-city-barricades-hurting-parking-homeless-center <p>Reverend Larry Rice says he is tired of waiting for the city to remove barriers that have surrounded his homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis for the past five weeks.</p><p>Sidewalks on both sides of Locust Street in front of New Life Evangelistic Center are blocked off by metal barriers. Bill Seidhoff, the director of the city’s department of human services, said the city placed the barriers there after receiving calls from residents who were concerned about hygiene and safety because of the homeless people who congregate and sleep around the center.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:17:50 +0000 Tina Eaton 5292 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center St. Louis officials urge homeless to stay hydrated, seek shelter http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-officials-urge-homeless-stay-hydrated-seek-shelter <p>As this year&rsquo;s heat wave wears on, St. Louis city officials are stepping up their efforts to keep the death toll among the area&rsquo;s homeless population from rising.</p><p>Department of Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff&nbsp; says people living on the streets can be at greater risk for heat-related illness and death.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:03:27 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4186 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis officials urge homeless to stay hydrated, seek shelter Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/setbacks-lead-church-group-plan-covert-homeless-camp <p>A local church is taking a more low-key approach in its struggle with city officials to set up a homeless camp in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center was arrested last week as he attempted to open a tent city called Integrity Village on a two-acre plot of private land at Vendeventer Ave. north of Interstate 44. City officials cleared the site and condemned the area as a health hazard.&nbsp;But Rice&#39;s son, Rev. Chris Rice, says they aren&rsquo;t giving up.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:43:05 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3771 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp Homeless camp razed by riverfront, another coming to South City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/homeless-camp-razed-riverfront-another-coming-south-city <p>St. Louis city work crews demolished tents and makeshift structures with heavy machinery at another homeless camp north of the Arch grounds downtown this afternoon.</p><p>Fewer than 50 homeless persons were living at the camp known as Hopeville. All were gone by the time bulldozers and debris bins arrived today.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff says before leaving they were given federally-funded vouchers to cover the cost of permanent housing.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:48:33 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3683 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Homeless camp razed by riverfront, another coming to South City Protesters say St. Louis homeless camps must stay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/protesters-say-st-louis-homeless-camps-must-stay <p>Protesters marched from the homeless camps north of the Gateway Arch to St. Louis City Hall today demanding city officials freeze <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-sets-deadline-clear-homeless-encampments-north-downtown">plans to raze the encampments next month</a>.</p><p>About 50 people live in the three riverfront camps that the city&rsquo;s Department of Human Services has deemed a risk to public health and safety.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:13:24 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3594 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Protesters say St. Louis homeless camps must stay City sets deadline to clear homeless encampments north of downtown http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-sets-deadline-clear-homeless-encampments-north-downtown <p>The city of St. Louis says the 30 remaining residents of three homeless encampments located just north of downtown will have until the end of May to leave the location, or face possible arrest.</p><p>&quot;The encampments have attracted a great deal of attention to the problems of homeless persons,&quot; said Bill Siedhoff, the city&#39;s human services director. &quot;But they are not safe places for people to live, and they are certainly not a long-term answer to the problem.&quot;</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:56:50 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3484 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City sets deadline to clear homeless encampments north of downtown Challenging population, economy complicate city's efforts to clear homeless camps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/challenging-population-economy-complicate-citys-efforts-clear-homeless-camps <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-982488.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-982488.mp3</a></p><p>The 45 people that make their home in three camps north of downtown are invisible to most St. Louisans.</p><p>They lived nestled between the floodwall and the train tracks at the foot of the new Mississippi River Bridge with little city interference until January. That&rsquo;s when a propane heater sparked a <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_e203a1e8-1e76-11e0-a178-00127992bc8b.html">fire that torched three tents</a>. Even more attention followed after one resident fatally stabbed another in May, and the city made the decision to <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_70162206-0d3d-5f28-9ea9-a4ea0bfa8556.html">clear the location</a>. It&#39;s an already difficult task - made even harder by the stubbornly sluggish economy.</p><p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:35:04 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1894 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Challenging population, economy complicate city's efforts to clear homeless camps St. Louis increases homeless outreach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-increases-homeless-outreach <p>St. Louis city officials say they will step up their efforts to move residents from a series of tent encampments along the Mississippi River north of downtown into permanent housing.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:34:31 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1011 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis increases homeless outreach