Bill Seidhoff

Homeless Loitering
4:17 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust St. in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/ pasa47)

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.

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.

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Homeless
6:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

St. Louis officials urge homeless to stay hydrated, seek shelter

The heat wave is to blame in three more St. Louis-area deaths.
(flickr/Jack W. Reid)

As this year’s heat wave wears on, St. Louis city officials are stepping up their efforts to keep the death toll among the area’s homeless population from rising.

Department of Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff  says people living on the streets can be at greater risk for heat-related illness and death. 

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Homeless Camps
5:43 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp

City officials removed the encampment by the riverfront known as Hopeville earlier this month.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

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. But Rice's son, Rev. Chris Rice, says they aren’t giving up.

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Homeless Camps
3:48 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Homeless camp razed by riverfront, another coming to South City

Hopeville, a homeless camp near the St. Louis riverfront, is razed on May 11, 2012.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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. 

St. Louis Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff says before leaving they were given federally-funded vouchers to cover the cost of permanent housing.

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Poverty
5:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Protesters say St. Louis homeless camps must stay

A protester marches outside the St. Louis Human Services Department downtown.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Protesters marched from the homeless camps north of the Gateway Arch to St. Louis City Hall today demanding city officials freeze plans to raze the encampments next month.

About 50 people live in the three riverfront camps that the city’s Department of Human Services has deemed a risk to public health and safety.

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Camp closure
9:56 am
Fri April 13, 2012

City sets deadline to clear homeless encampments north of downtown

City officials say they will clear three homeless encampments located north of downtown by the end of May.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

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.

"The encampments have attracted a great deal of attention to the problems of homeless persons," said Bill Siedhoff, the city's human services director. "But they are not safe places for people to live, and they are certainly not a long-term answer to the problem."

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Clearing the Camps
6:35 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Challenging population, economy complicate city's efforts to clear homeless camps

The first of three homeless encampments is visible from a bridge along the riverfront pedestrian and bike trail. (See more photos in the slideshow below).
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The 45 people that make their home in three camps north of downtown are invisible to most St. Louisans.

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’s when a propane heater sparked a fire that torched three tents. Even more attention followed after one resident fatally stabbed another in May, and the city made the decision to clear the location. It's an already difficult task - made even harder by the stubbornly sluggish economy.

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Homeless outreach
4:34 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

St. Louis increases homeless outreach

This image from Google Maps shows the encampments along the riverfront. City officials are stepping up efforts to get residents of these encampments into permanent housing.
(Google Maps)

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.

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