It is getting cold(-er). Here is what the City is doing to address the problems the weather is going to worsen:
The City and its partners will work to make sure that there are emergency shelter beds available at existing facilities by expanding their capacity. To match those who need a bed up to the actual bed, the Homeless Hotline operated by the Housing Resource Center will extend its hours of operation until 10:00 p.m. Anyone needing shelter should call the Hotline at 314-802-5444. Mobile outreach teams will also be operating in the city to identify anyone who needs help.
In partnership with Operation Weather Survival, the City has opened 44 warming sites. Information on the closest center can be obtained by calling 211 or 1-800-427-4626 at the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
A “reverse 911 system” will telephone 3,000 people who are on the city’s special needs registry. The message of the call shares information on where to seek assistance and resources.
For the rest of you, the City health department offers these common sense tips: layer your clothes, wear a hat, cover your ears/face/hands, and come in out of the cold periodically.
I offer my own bit of advice to everyone: check up on your friends, family members, and neighbors. You know better than we do who might need a hand.