Future Shelter Update

Two Properties Hang in the Balance

After more than two years of searching, we have two suitable locations for our emergency Soulard Shelter expansion. Each site has its own unique strengths and challenges.

One is located on Sidney Street in an industrial neighborhood, only a mile from our current location in Soulard. The other is in the former home of the Little Sisters of the Poor located in North St. Louis City.

Business owners in the Kosciusko neighborhood where the 44,000 square feet Sidney Street property is located have been clear: they do not want the property re-zoned for shelter. Voicing concerns at our hearing with the City of St. Louis Board of Adjustments in January, business owners cited fears of increased crime and environmental contamination.

Alternatively, the former home of Little Sisters of the Poor facility is already zoned for a shelter. However, at four times larger than the Sidney Street building, the site would become far more than simply 40 more beds with increased support services. The 188,000 square foot site would become a hub for various housing and shelter programs and partnerships. PPCS would be committing to playing a much larger role in St. Louis homeless services.

“Through our current programs, we offer 116 beds combined at five sites. This new site offers an opportunity to provide 300 or more beds on a single 4.5 acre campus,” said PPCS CEO Anthony D’Agostino. “If we go down this path, our vision must broaden to create new transitional and permanent supportive housing as well as other possible offerings such as respite care.”

Currently, PPCS has more than $7 million dollars committed toward this project with a capital campaign in process chaired by Bill and Susan Salzman and Meg Huber.

We await the Board of Adjustments decision on the Sidney Street property at their February meeting and continue to consider how we can best serve our clients. We will continue sharing updates on our journey to expand our shelter and help more people in our community facing homelessness.