The City of St. Louis and a downtown church have opened a Homeless Drop-In-Center at 1610 Olive Street.
The Center, on the campus of Centenary United Methodist Church, will perform assessments and case management to connect people to the services they need to end the cycle of homelessness.
The Center will also provide daily meals and services like showers for homeless people, who come downtown from throughout the St. Louis region.
City officials estimate that half of all of downtown’s population of homeless people come from other parts of the region. Officials used today’s event to remind and encourage suburban communities to step up their own efforts.
Above (left to right), Alderwomen Phyllis Young and Kacie Starr Triplett; Mayor Francis Slay; Rev. Dr. Aubry Jones; Angela Conley, executive director, Affordable Housing Commission; and Gregory F.X. Daly, St. Louis collector of revenue, are shown at a ribbon-cutting program at the new Center.
This project is part of the City’s Ten Year Plan to eliminate homelessness in the City of St. Louis.
The photo is by Gentry W. Trotter.