Emergency Shelter

More than 1,000 people live on the streets of St. Louis City each day.

And that is a low estimate. Most often a combination of unfortunate circumstances creates homelessness. The common thread is the lack of access to affordable, safe housing.

Many organizations exist in St. Louis to help this population, but most serve homeless families, or homeless women and children. Homeless single adult men are underserved among those who live unhoused. That’s why we are here, to help men stabilize their lives and find a home to call their own.

About Our Shelter

Address: 711 Allen Avenue | Saint Louis, MO 63104

Phone: (314) 621-5520

In June 2024, our Emergency Shelter will relocate to our new Community Campus in the St. Louis Place neighborhood.

The Emergency Shelter is a year-round, 24-hour shelter for homeless single adult men. The shelter provides beds, meals, showers, laundry, lockers, and a safe, caring alternative to living on the street. The shelter has been housing people since 1981 when it was started by concerned community members after a man froze to death nearby.

At the shelter we provide:

  • Beds for 60 men per night (60 max. capacity)
  • Three meals a day, seven days a week
  • Case management, support groups, and occupational therapy

At any given time:

  • More than 50% of residents are employed
  • 30% of residents are mentally ill
  • 30% of residents have substance abuse problems
  • 15% of residents are veterans

Emergency Shelter staff members direct residents to community resources available to them, including:

  • Affordable or subsidized housing (including placement on wait lists)
  • Health and mental health services
  • Developmental disability services
  • Veteran services

Need Help?

Allen Shelter
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How to Access a Bed

You must have a referral. This shelter does not accept walk-ins and is not open to the public.

To get a bed in the Emergency Shelter, you have two options for a referral:

  1. Call 2-1-1, the United Way Housing Helpline. Ask for access to shelter. If you do not get a bed at one of the emergency shelters on the first day, continue to try every day early in the morning until a bed is available.
  2. Go in person to the St. Patrick Center Welcome Center at 800 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101. The most strategic times to arrive are 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Have housing but need help? Find more resources on our Get Help page.

The Emergency Shelter operates under the principles of Housing First and Harm Reduction. We participate in the St. Louis Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System.