homelessness

Homelessness In St. Louis County
2:36 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Access, Attitude Make It Tough To Address Homelessness In St. Louis County

Cots at the St. Vincent Community Center in Pagedale, where St. Louis County opened an emergency overflow shelter for the homeless.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

This winter, St. Louis County did something it hadn't done before - it opened a temporary shelter where homeless men and women could go to get out of the cold. It's a small piece of a 10-year plan to battle homelessness that St. Louis City and County signed onto in 2004. But obstacles remain to implementing the rest of the ideas in that document.

What is "homelessness?"

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Homeless Veterans
5:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Homeless Veterans In St. Louis Receiving Extra Attention

The city of St. Louis is focusing on getting homeless veterans into programs like the ones offered at the Salvation Army's veteran's residence, shown here in 2012.
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were in St. Louis today in an effort to get homeless veterans off the street and into housing immediately.

The outreach to veterans was part of the required winter count of homeless people in the city. Officials with the VA went out with teams, conducting the count to be able to offer immediate help to chronically homeless veterans. It was part of the Obama administration's efforts to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:55 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

St. Louis Winter Outreach Helps Homeless People Get Inside During Cold Weather

A homeless shelter at the former Dignity Harbor homeless camp in St. Louis, 2010
(via Flickr / lateaserikard)

When the weather turns freezing cold, we’re advised to stay indoors as much as possible. But what happens to those without homes to stay warm in? 

That concern is what led Teka Childress to found St. Louis Winter Outreach nine years ago. On nights when the temperature reaches below twenty degrees, volunteers with the St. Louis Winter Outreach go out in search of the homeless and offer them rides to shelters.

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The Longest Night
8:06 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

'Longest Night' Ceremony Memorializes Homeless Who Died In 2013

Participants in the 10th "Longest Night" ceremony rise for the playing of taps.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

For the 10th year,  St. Louis residents joined social service providers and city officials at Centenary United Methodist Church Saturday to remember the homeless men and women who died in 2013.

A bell chimed as the Rev. Kathleen Wilder read the names - 16 in all. 

Two died of drug overdoses. Another was an infant, killed by a runaway car. Robyn Robel was fatally strangled and dumped along the Riverfront Trail in April.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Overwhelming' Environment At St. Louis Homeless Shelter Triggers Neighborhood Dispute

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust Street.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Rev. Larry Rice opened his emergency shelter at the New Life Evangelistic Center in 1976 with permission from the city to house 32 people. Back then, the area around his building at 1411 Locust was mostly factories and warehouses for St. Louis’ garment district.

Many of those buildings are now loft apartments with bars and restaurants on the first floor, and Rice admits to regularly sheltering as many as 300 people a night.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
7:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Effort To Revoke Occupancy Permit Of Downtown Homeless Shelter Begins

A group of downtown property owners is trying to get the city to revoke the occupancy permit of the New Life Evangelistic Center, saying its a detriment to the neighborhood.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

An effort by a group of downtown St. Louis residents to shutter the New Life Evangelistic Center got underway on Tuesday in front of the city's Board of Public Service.

It was the first of what will be several days of testimony on whether the homeless shelter run by the Rev. Larry Rice is a detriment to the surrounding neighborhood. The quasi-judicial proceeding was prompted by a petition from 134 people who own property within a prescribed radius of the shelter, which is at the corner of 14th and Locust streets.

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