Soulard Shelter Expansion Awarded Funding

PPCS is proud to have been awarded the largest allocation granted in the Construction/Major Rehabilitation category of this year’s Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) grants.

“We take this as a vote of confidence and appreciate the City of St. Louis’ faith in our ability to bring this project to fruition,” said Linda Callanan, Director of Grants.

These funds will be used to relocate, re-envision, and expand our Soulard Shelter. Currently located in the basement of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, the site opened in 1981 and is the oldest continuously operating shelter site in St. Louis. We will be adding 40 beds and an array of on-site services and resources to better create positive change and address the constant lack of beds when folks in crisis call 211 for a place to sleep. We will be going way beyond shelter to walk the next steps with our clients on their path to lifelong stability.

Our current and cramped shelter location in Soulard.

The St. Louis City Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) tripled its annual awards announced in January 2024 by allocating federal ARPA dollars. Funds from these awards support projects ranging from construction to financial education, all with the end goal of providing more affordable housing and preventing and ending homelessness.

Our next step is to close on a property. After more than two years of looking and rejections by neighbors not wanting a 100-bed emergency shelter near them, we are currently working through contingencies on two potential sites: 112 Sidney Street, the former AE Schmidt Pool Table manufacturing site, and 3225 N. Florissant, the former Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home.

“We hope to finalize a contract in the coming weeks, and plan to be pro-active and quickly responsive neighbors wherever we land,” said Anthony D’Agostino, PPCS CEO.