Apartments offer shelter for homeless in St. Louis
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) By Christopher Furlong
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An $8.5 million project in St. Louis is providing apartment housing for the chronically homeless.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1vp9hDC ) reports 10 people have moved into the Garfield Place Apartments Safe Haven since it opened last month, and 15 more are expected soon. Men and women sign one-year leases. Most meals are provided.
The facility, a former property of the St. Louis Public Schools District, has a $650,000 operating budget. A nurse and social worker are expected to be hired soon.
Adam Pearson, who runs the program, says it costs taxpayers more to not help the homeless. He mentioned federal statistics that suggest each homeless person costs taxpayers $40,000 a year.
The chronically homeless include people struggling with a disability who repeatedly end up living on the streets.