P. O . Box 771554 St. Louis. MO 63177 Phone: 314-881-3283 email@example.com
NEXT COALITION MEETING
Saturday, February 28, 2015 1:00 - 3pm
1315 Chestnut, Soldier's Memorial, Second Floor
ON THE AGENDA
1. Upcoming Mass Sleep-out planned for March 12 outside city hall.
2. Chris Rice will tell about his fact finding trip to Atlanta, GA and the similar battle Peachtree+Pine Shelter is facing there, as the city has been
attempting to close their shelter for 5 years.
3. Jim Roos will discuss his policy paper to be given to the Ferguson commission regarding affordable housing in the city.
4. We want to hear from people experiencing homelessness about services available in the extreme cold weather.
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:
On October 25th the Metro Coalition met to discuss what a compromise might look like and came up with many creative, practical suggestions that could be implemented now and in the near future to improve the situation in downtown St. Louis. CLICK HERE to read a summary. Use the contact page to comment and add your own ideas to the mix.
ON DECEMBER 23, 2014 the final meeting was held at the Board of Public Service Hearing Room regarding the petition by neighbors to close New Life Evangelistic Center. The Board voted unanimously that NLEC was a detriment to the neighborhood and had until May 12, 2015 to close or drastically lower its capacity. Appeals will be filed by New Life.__________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
A DOWNTOWN HALL MEETING: Homeless in St. Louis
Christ Church Cathedral 1210 Locust St 63103
OVER ONE HUNDRED FIFTY PEOPLE ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 17TH, AND GENERATED MANY GOOD IDEAS FOR ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR AREA. NOW IT'S TIME FOR IMPLEMENTATION!
Here's a link to a Riverfront Times article about the meeting. It includes information about the hearings. (See below.)
And 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
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
CLICK HERE for an on-line link to times and locations.
The Community Center at St. Vincent Park at 7335 St. Charles Rock Road. And Affton Community Center at 9801 Mackenzie Road.
ONLY WHEN 20 OR BELOW:
St. Louis City Shelter every night
(REC CENTER) is located at 12th Street and Park.
1315 Ann Ave. 63104
On Monday and Tuesday when temperatures are 20 or below
ST. LOUIS FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS)
1001 Park Ave. 63104
Doors open between 5 and 6.First come first serve until the beds are full. Hot meal, a place to shower, and a safe place to sleep.
CLICK HERE for an on-line link.
And HERE for a list that can be printed out.
OFFICIAL COUNTY WARMING SHELTERS:
The Community Center St. Vincent Park at 7335 St. Charles Rock Road.
Affton Community Center at 9801 Mackenzie Road.
ST. LOUIS CITY SHELTERS WHEN 20 OR BELOW:
Every Night when 20 or below:City Rec Center, 12th Street and Park, 63104Every Night when 20 or below:City Rec Center, 12th Street and Park, 63104AMERICORPS: WeekendWEEKENDS1315 Ann Ave. 63104
On Monday and Tuesday when temperatures are 20 or below ST. LOUIS FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS) 1001 Park Ave. 63104
Doors open between 5 and 6, walk ups only. First come first serve until the beds are full. Hot meal, a place to shower, friendly conversation, and a safe placeAnd HERE for a list that can be printed out of locations that open when the temperature falls below 15 degrees. Call first.
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