ST. LOUIS – The city has opened a new, temporary shelter in north St. Louis for homeless people.
Mayor Lyda Krewson announced Monday via Twitter that the city was leasing the old Little Sisters of the Poor property at 3225 N. Florissant Ave. in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. Krewson said the shelter was opening Monday and would operate for at least the next 60 days.
City Hope St. Louis will operate and manage the shelter. The group will offer workshops on resume writing, job searches, health and wellness and banking. It will also help people deal with mental illness, substance abuse and related trauma.
Krewson said the city had been working “behind the scenes” on the move for several weeks.
Over the weekend a tent city sprang up in downtown’s Memorial Plaza along Market Street, with homeless people and their supporters asking for more attention and help. As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the area, homeless people are struggling with that new issue on top of their other fundamental needs.
Krewson said in her statement that she understood some of the difficulties homeless people face.
“It is difficult for someone to get their life back together from the street,” she said. “That’s why I’m so encouraged by this partnership. It’s more than just a temporary shelter away from potential exposure. It’s going to connect individuals to vital life and health resources.”
She added: “If YOU or someone you know needs to be connected to housing, please call our St. Louis Regional Housing Hotline at (314) 802-5444.”