P. O . Box 771554 St. Louis. MO 63177 Phone: 314-881-3283 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The final hearing date for NLEC with the Board of Public Service was scheduled for July 22nd at City Hall Rm. 208 at 1:45pm, but was postponed.
The new date is October 21, 2014
NEXT COALITION MEETING
Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:00 - 3pm
1315 Chestnut 63103 Second Floor
(From either entrance, take the elevator up
to the 2nd floor)
ON THE AGENDA:
An open discussion about
poverty, fear, violence and housing in the region.
Let’s come together to listen to our homeless African American sisters and brothers talk about their experience as it relates to poverty, violence, and race in the St Louis area. A recent local study called “For the Sake of All” found: The unemployment rate for African Americans is 22%. The poverty rate is 30%. Incarceration rates are at 42%. The rate of homicide per 100,000 people was 36 for blacks to 3 for whites. In December the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that 84% of those homeless seeking emergency shelter through the Housing Resource Center were African American--and most were turned away!. We must lend our time and our voices to bear witness, hear the truth, and strengthen each other to work for change
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.
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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THIS LINK will take you to a site that lists COOLING CENTERS throughout the state of Missouri and Southern Illinois.
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