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St. Louis City, County working together to tackle homelessness

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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) – Officials in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are working together to tackle the area’s homeless problem.  

Biddle House was supposed to open next Monday, but Alderman Lewis Reed knocked Mayor Francis Slay’s plan during a heated debate last Thursday. Reed said he isn’t ready to support the proposed 24-hour homeless shelter until people in the neighborhood are given enough time to weigh in on the issue, but he knows help for the homeless is still needed so he reached out to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

“What we’re trying to do is not just provide housing, but on an emergency basis, absolutely, but over the long-term what we’re trying to do is look at the individual as an individual and essentially treat the root problems that may have given rise to the homelessness,” Stenger said.

The two are in talks about how to tackle the homeless issue together. The county currently has eight emergency shelters with over 400 beds. They haven’t hit capacity yet, so the city is sending people to them. By working together, they said it doubles the amount of resources the city and county have to help get people back on their feet.

“A lot of the nonprofits that provide meals and things of that nature are located right downtown, but the county is doing a lot more than people give them credit for to address the issue of homelessness. But, us together will be a much stronger unit,” said Reed.

Anyone who needs assistance can contact the emergency tipline at 314-802-5444.

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