Future Expansion Brings More Shelter Beds to Saint Louis

After extensive due diligence and conscientious deliberation, the PPCS Board of Directors voted on February 26 to purchase the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSOP) facility just north of Downtown St. Louis. Assuming a smooth closing, this 4.5-acre campus will become the region’s largest homeless services site this spring, with the capacity to provide more than 300 beds for those in need.

One of the three buildings on the 4.5-acre campus of the former Little Sisters of the Poor facility.

“It will mean more than doubling the service footprint of PPCS over the next few years from 116 beds to 300 or more.”

“The board took this decision very seriously,” said PPCS Board Chair Mike Banahan. “It will mean more than doubling the service footprint of PPCS over the next few years from 116 beds to 300 or more. We have an incredibly strong leadership team who have successfully managed this degree of growth at other agencies. We believe that together, we will build a sustainable model of top-quality, compassionate services that will make a world of difference for our St. Louis community.”

PPCS CEO Anthony D’Agostino commended the board’s decision and faith in the staff leadership. “We have a great team that is ready to pursue a vision of collaborative care with organizations who are experts in this field. The needs are so great. We are coming together all in one place to address the lack of low-barrier shelter; affordable, safe housing options; and essential services,” said D’Agostino.

This expansion is substantially larger than PPCS’s original plan to relocate and grow our emergency Soulard Shelter from 60 beds to 100. That will happen this summer and into autumn. At 188,000 square feet including an eight-story tower, the LSOP facility offers a wide array of options for creating new transitional, permanent supportive, and respite living spaces. The location at 3225 N. Florissant is situated roughly between the popular Crown Candy Kitchen and the soon-to-open National GeoSpacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

“We are committed to being great neighbors and contributing to the overall renewal of the surrounding area,” said PPCS Soulard Shelter Director Teri Dunn. “Our clients are so excited to get out of the basement and have a little more elbow room. Our 24-hour services which we piloted in July in preparation for this relocation have helped the guys understand this model of care. They like it, and they are ready to move and continue working toward permanent homes.”

For more than 43 years, PPCS has had sites only in South St. Louis City, radiating out from our original Soulard Shelter site in the basement of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

“At the end of the day, the goal is that when people in crisis call for shelter, not a single person will be told, ‘Sorry, we have nowhere for you to go,’” said Deb Cottin, PPCS Chief Development Officer. “We can and must do better. We owe it to ourselves, to be the change we want to see.”

“We can and must do better. We owe it to ourselves, to be the change we want to see.”

To date, primary finances for the purchase and renovation of this site are federal ARPA dollars awarded competitively to PPCS from the Missouri State Department of Economic Development, the City of St. Louis Human Services Division, and the City of St. Louis Affordable Housing Commission. The Missouri Housing and Development Corporation awarded significant AHAP tax credits to PPCS to incentivize private donors looking to support this endeavor.

A Beyond Shelter Capital Campaign Cabinet being led by Bill and Susan Salzman, Meg Huber, and Deb Cottin is planning tours and visits. To participate, contact Deb Cottin at 314.221.6197 or dcottin@ppcsinc.org.