St. Louis city officials are warning about professional panhandlers posing as local homeless
50 chronically homeless veterans are getting apartments as part of St. Louis’ Operation Reveille.
Human services director has some numbers on what it takes to care for people brought in from winter’s wrath.
Another 250 homeless sought shelter during the day Monday. Organizers at the city’s community center at 12th and Park had to look to the St. Louis County for help accommodating the overflow.
“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.
The new homeless encampment with about 25 people is called Camp Plumb, and its located just south of the Arch.
“Meteorologists nailed this. The storm came in hot and heavy. We endured four or five hours of heavy snow.”
The city’s annual homeless headcount is underway — with organizers predicting there will be fewer homeless tallied here than a year ago.
Last year, city officials put up the signs in 25 locations and plan to add another two dozen.
The barricades are still up, with signs that say “sidewalk closed for health and safety reasons.”