ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 60 volunteers with the U.S. Veteran’s Administration and City officials will beginning the task Tuesday of locating, identifying and immediately helping veterans who are chronically homeless in St. Louis.
The number of homeless vets who have chosen the city’s streets as their home is unknown, but Mayor Francis Slay says “until we reach a day when not a single veteran sleeps on our streets, our work remains unfinished.”
City Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff says when they find veterans, they will immediately connect them with services like housing assistance, intense case management, substance abuse treatment and health and mental health treatment.
“We will go to the abandoned buildings, small encampments, highway overpasses and other places where chronically homeless people tend to stay,” he said. “When we find them, a caseworker will assess their housing barriers, and then staff will work to match clients with the most appropriate type of housing.”
The plan is part of the City’s overall goal to end chronic homelessness within a decade.