P. O . Box 771554 St. Louis. MO 63177 Phone: 314-881-3283 email@example.com
Saturday MAY 30, 2015 1 - 3 pm
Soldier's Memorial Second Floor Meeting Room
1315 Chestnut 63103
ON THE AGENDA:
1. Criminalization in our Region:
what is it and how are homeless people effected?
2. Latest Tent City Closure and developing
Tiny House settlements
3. How are city CoC services changing and what’s next?
The Coalition for Economic and Social Justice is sponsoring a meeting
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10 am at the West Branch Library,
3414 West Main St. Belleville, IL
to discuss the City of Belleville's policy that does not allow churches to shelter homeless people overnight during Extreme Weather. Homeless people find few welcoming places to go during extreme heat or cold, especially after 5 pm and on the weekend. With much effort, compassionate people in Belleville and surrounding communities opened two churches, Trinity United Church of Christ and Sojourn Church. Both churches welcomehomeless people and those in poverty during Extreme Weather. These churches will open again this summer during a heat wave. Unless we do something, they will be faced with asking people to return to the street after 8 pm. Summer evenings are one thing, facing the bitter cold at night is something we should not allow to happen in our community. Belleville cares! Let's make our policies and laws compassionate towards those in extreme poverty.
Agenda: Discussion--what do we think/feel about Belleville not allowing churches to shelter homeless people overnight during Extreme Weather? Determining where our federal tax dollars go to help homeless people in St. Clair County.
All welcome! Jesse Arms 618-719-1154
The new METRO ST. LOUIS COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS is working on creative solutions to this complex issue. Join us in our efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families who are living on the brink, instead of in their own homes.
IDEAS AND STRATEGIES:
CLICK HERE to read a summary of many creative, practical suggestions to the issues of homelessness in the St. Louis area. Use the contact page to comment and add your own ideas to the mix.
On May 14, 2014 a homeless man was stabbed to death downtown in front of the St. Louis Public Library. That evening Rev. Michael Kinman, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, organized a service at the site. Dean Kinman published a moving article about that unfortunate day, which can be read by clicking HERE.
The NATIONAL LAW CENTER ON HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY is encouraging every state to pass and support a Homeless Bill of Rights. In Missouri Senate Bill 428 would do just that, but in 2013 it failed to pass and is now considered 'dead.' Read more about the important work that the National Law Center is doing HERE. The Coalition is researching ways to re-introduce this bill in the next legislative session.
Here's a link to the ROOM AT THE INN Facebook Page where you'll find out more about this agency's efforts to assist families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
CLICK HERE for access to a recent URBAN INSTITUTE study that shows that for every 100 low income renters in this country, only 29 affordable housing units are available.
PROJECTS AND AGENDA OF THE COALITION:
*Advocate for shelter, housing, a living wage, and the
protection of civil rights.
*Work on ways to stop harassment and promote engagement in public places, including libraries and parks.
*Start working on providing a Walk-In shelter
in St. Louis county
*Form a Speakers' Bureau.
*Increase Active Regional Membership.
*Provide resources for safety on the streets and in shelters.
*Explore practical assistance opportunities, such as cell phones, lockers, use of computers, etc.
*Create a public awareness campaign.
*Research examples of successful projects in other areas. *Meet with Winter Outreach co-ordinators and churches to expand the network of existing efforts.
What do YOU Think? JOIN US!
HOMELESS DEFINED: A person who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence and has a primary residency that is 1) a supervised or privately operated shelter, 2) an institution that provides a temporary residence or 3) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular accommodation for human beings. The homeless do not fit one general description. People experiencing homelessness do have shared basic needs, including affordable housing, adequate incomes, and health care. Others need additional services such as mental health and drug treatment in order to remain securely housed. All these need to be met to prevent and end homelessness.
View a Homeless Statistics Brochure HERE.
The State of Rhode Island recently passes a Homeless Bill of Rights. Click HERE for more information.
HOMELESSNESS RESOURCE EXCHANGE
SSI, SSDI: WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HELP FOR THE HOMELESS? Social Security is an active participant in the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). The mission of the USICH is to “coordinate the Federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.” For more information, please visit Social Security's Homelessness web site at www.socialsecurity.gov/homelessness.
SAFE AT HOME: Provides survivors of abuse and threats with a substitute address for IDs, driver licenses, court documents, etc. Requestor must 1) be a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or rape, 2) have recently moved to a safe address, 3) take other steps to protect herself/himself, and 4) be a Missouri resident. Info: www.MoSafeAtHome.com or 1-866-509-1409.
Click on the donate button above or go to our CONTACT PAGE to support the work of the Coalition.
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Find resources by
ST. LOUIS HOUSING RESCOURCE CENTER
ILLINOIS SHELTER HOTLINE:
7 MYTHS ABOUT HOMELESS PEOPLE DEBUNKED
HERE is a link to an editorial that appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on February 18, 2014, written by members of the Coalition.
Click HERE to learn about an innovative idea: how to build a portable shelter.
HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS