Future of 24-hour homeless shelter up in air - KMOV.com

Future of 24-hour homeless shelter up in air

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The proposed location for Biddle House is along North Tucker. (Credit: KMOV) The proposed location for Biddle House is along North Tucker. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The future of the 24-hour homeless shelter that was set to open in 10 days is up in the air.

The City of St. Louis had planned to turn a vacant building into a homeless shelter called the “Biddle House,” which would have enough room to house 125 men, women and children.

Mayor Francis Slay previously said the shelter was part of his regional approach to homelessness. He said one of the final steps needed to open the shelter was supposed to take place Wednesday night, when a three member board was set to award two non-profits the money needed to operate the facility, but, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Lewis Reed knocked the mayor’s plan and the two got into a heated debate.

Reed claims Slay’s administration did not do enough to explain the project to people living near the shelter’s north St. Louis site. Slay disagreed, saying the opposition was from people who just don’t want it in their backyard.

A spokesperson for Slay told the Post-Dispatch plans for the shelter are now in a “holding pattern,” but there could be more movement on the issue as early as next week.

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