Department of Human Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 Heat prompts city house calls to vulnerable residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heat-prompts-city-house-calls-vulnerable-residents <p>St. Louis city officials are going door to door to check on some of the city&rsquo;s most vulnerable residents as high temperatures persist across the region.</p><p>About 60 city staff members are following up with nearly one thousand residents who haven&rsquo;t responded to robo-calls from the Mayor&rsquo;s office.The elderly and disabled residents are listed on the city&rsquo;s Functional Needs Registry.</p><p>The house-to-house effort even included Mayor Francis Slay, who was out knocking on doors Tuesday.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 22:16:16 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Heat prompts city house calls to vulnerable residents 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 New rules issued for St. Louis homeless encampments http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-rules-issued-st-louis-homeless-encampments <p>The<a href="http://stlouis.missouri.org/"> City of St. Louis </a>has issued new rules for residents of the area's unofficial homeless encampments.</p><p>Residents will not be allowed to drink or use drugs, or engage in criminal activity. And they will also have to cooperate with police, fire and the city health department.</p><p>St. Louis <a href="http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/dhs/index.html">Department of Human Services </a>director Bill Siedhoff says he doesn't expect enforcement to be a problem:</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:42:24 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New rules issued for St. Louis homeless encampments