(KMOV.com) -- The City of St. Louis with the Department of Human Services will work to relocate homeless residents from the riverfront before work on a north riverfront tunnel begins.
The City is looking to relocate about 75 people from three encampment areas before construction starts on the Tucker Tunnel. "While no specific deadline for vacating the encampment areas has been set, for health and safety reasons it is imperative that we help people move out of this area before the onset of freezing temperatures," said Bill Siedhoff, Director of Human Services. "Given that, we expect people to be relocated by December 1st."
So far, through the City's relocation efforts, the encampment population has dropped to about 50 people. The Department of Human Services will be conducting a final census beginning on Wednesday, September 21 through Friday. That effort will survey and interview residents living in the homeless encampments.
Beginning October 1st, a mobile unit will be situated in the encampment area for the purpose of working directly with residents in securing alternative housing.
Anyone wishing to get immediate assistance can contact the City's Homeless Services Division at (314) 657-1704 or visit the office located at 1520 Market St in downtown St. Louis.