This article is 3 years old. It was published on January 26, 2019.
Winter shelter and outreach operations are in effect for the City of St. Louis on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Additional cots are being made available tomorrow in anticipation of the winter weather for additional homeless sheltering and support.
Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and can become life threatening. A wind chill of -20° F with light winds will cause frostbite in just 30 minutes.
Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F, and it can kill. If you see an individual who is struggling with the cold temperatures, please call 911 to receive immediate medical attention.
Individuals or families who may need shelter should go the shuttle pick up location at Market St and 13th Street. There will be a St. Louis Metro Warming Bus there, providing relief from the cold while awaiting shuttle service to overflow shelters from 5-7 pm at the shuttle location. Due to the later start time of the available shelter cots tonight, shuttling will start at 6:45pm, but the warming bus will be available starting at 5pm.
For further assistance please call United Way 211 or 911.
St. Louis Winter Outreach workers will patrol for individuals needing shelter to be transported to the Winter Operations shelters.
Nonprofit, faith communities, volunteer groups and city departments are working around the clock to ensure that homeless men, women, and children are safe and out of the dangerously cold temperatures. Caring for the most vulnerable takes enormous time and effort, please reach out to the following organizations if you would like to volunteer or to give a financial or in-kind donation - St. Louis Winter Outreach Shelters, St. Louis Winter Outreach Teams, Biddle Housing Opportunities Center/Homefull, St. Patrick Center, Peter & Paul Community Services, Gateway 180 and St. Louis City Continuum of Care. Thank you to all who are working together to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness are safe this winter.