City Closes ‘Camp Plum’ Homeless Encampment
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – City officials announced Friday that they have closed a homeless encampment at the corner of 2nd and Plum Streets downtown.
The riverfront encampment, often called “Camp Plum,” has resulted in the relocation of two dozen homeless people.”The solution to ending homelessness is not tent cities or temporary encampments, as they are not safe or humane places,” Mayor Francis Slay said in a press release. “Instead we want people to have a stable and healthy place to live, and that’s what we are doing for the encampment residents.”
“Contrary to what other cities have done in shutting down encampments by arresting residents and destroying their property, we chose to address the underlying problem – lack of housing – by assisting individuals to access permanent supportive housing,” Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff said in the release. “For many of the residents it had been a long time since they had a place they could call home.”