ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Friday night will be night number 43 for the emergency cold weather overflow shelter in the city of St. Louis, this winter.
To put in perspective how cold it’s been, the shelter was open only 13 nights the previous winter.
“It costs us about $1,000 per night. That’s only a very small part of it, actually, when you are dealing with 175 people per night capacity. It’s been a partnership,” says city human services director Bill Siedhoff.
Siedhoff says the $1,000 per night contract to operate the shelter is paid for by a federal HUD grant.
He says donations from businesses, groups, and individuals have been a key part in making the 12th and Park location such a success. They’ve contributed blankets, coats, food, and cash.
There have been no cold-related deaths in the city, this season.
The 12th & Park shelter will be open Friday & Saturday night.