Homeless Advocates To County Council: People Are Dying

CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – For the sixth week in a row, homeless residents have shown up to the St. Louis County Council meeting, asking for a shelter.

In August, the administration of County Executive Charlie Dooley promised a shelter by the end of the year. One advocate, James Potter, told the council that not opening a new shelter before winter has cost lives.

“There have been those since August that have died in cars,” he said. “They have nowhere to go. They died in the cold.”

One woman says she was kicked out of her St. Louis County apartment and couldn’t stay in a St. Louis City shelter.

“A lot of the shelters in the city require that you have a city address to stay in one of their shelters,” she explained.

Members of the homeless community say they will return to the council each week until a shelter is built.

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