ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – St. Louis County officials are hoping to bring more homeless in from the cold.

For the first time, the county has a 24/7 warming shelter in a partnership with the Salvation Army.

“Just having a warm meal and a safe, warm place to lay your head is always comforting,” says Andrea Jackson Jennings, director of human services.

Jennings says many clients coming into the shelter are in need of healthcare, as well. A nurse and caseworker are available for assessments.

The shelter in the 10,000 block of Page can hold up to 50 people.

Jennings says the county is in the process of finding other resources to help meet the demand for additional capacity due to the cold weather.

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