Specialized housing to serve homeless in St. Louis - KMOV.com

Specialized housing to serve homeless in St. Louis

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV)— A local group broke ground Thursday, starting work to turn an old building into 23 apartments for the homeless.

It will be Missouri's "first affordable housing development funded by the state's housing commission specifically targeted to alleviate homelessness amongst individuals living with severe and persistant mental illness" (that's the official description by the organization, Places for People).

They say professional staff will be on-site 24 hours a day. 

Typically homeless shelters have strict rules; people are often turned away if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  News Four asked the Executive Director of Places for People what the expectations will be at Places at Page for its residents. 

Francie Broderick said, "Frankly some of our folks have a hard time using shelters because if their mental illness is untreated, they can't always abide by the rules of the shelter.  Because this is going to have on-site clinical staff, we'll be able to handle those things."

Broderick says the hope is some will come in, live there a while, get the help they need to move on to independent lives.  Others will find Places at Page to be best for the long term.

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