We Lack the Resources to Meet Needs of all the Homeless

Thank you for calling attention to the needs of those who are homeless in St. Louis (“Terminal illness isn’t ticket to shelter,” Oct. 5). Reporter Jesse Bogan “spent much of 24 hours with (homeless man James K.) Turner to better understand the availability of emergency shelter in St. Louis.” His conclusion was “Weeks before cold weather sets in, Biddle House appears to be booked.”

While I appreciate that the article raises awareness of the struggles homeless people face in our community, it should not be news to anyone that we lack resources to meet all the needs we see every day. The beds at Biddle were filled days after it opened in August last year, and they have remained so.

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Street Soccer Goalie to Play for U.S. in Homeless World Cup

Cliff Byrd (above) was the center of attention at the St. Louis Roadies’ practice July 14 because his coaches had been asked to prepare him for his appearance with the U.S. National Team in the Homeless World Cup Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 in Oslo, Norway.

The 25-year-old client of Peter & Paul Community Services — a Catholic-rooted, ecumenical organization that sponsors the local team — will be on the U.S. team competing in street soccer with 70-plus teams from around the world.

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Homeless St. Louis Man Will Rep the U.S. in International Soccer Competition

St. Louis is now home to one of the newest internationally recognized soccer stars — but you may not guess what team he plays for.

Cliff Byrd (pictured far left) was recently selected as a goalie to represent Team USA in the fifteenth annual Homeless World Cup against more than 70 teams worldwide. The competition will take place from Aug. 29 until Sept. 5 in Oslo, Norway.

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