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.

Soulard Shelter

711 Allen Avenue  |  Saint Louis, MO 63104 | (314) 621-5520

Soulard Shelter is a year-round, 24-hour emergency 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.

  • Typically,
      • We provide beds for 60 men per night (60 max. capacity)
      • 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

COVID-19 forced changes to our normal operation. For two years, we operated at a reduced capacity (maximum of 30 guests) to create safe social distancing. We are again operating at full capacity as of April 2022.

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

  • Health and mental health services
  • Developmental disability services
  • Veteran services

How to Access a Bed

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

  1. To obtain a referral, call 2-1-1, the United Way Helpline. Ask for access to shelter. The line opens daily at 7:30 a.m. 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. Visit the St. Patrick Center Welcome Center (800 N. Tucker St., St. Louis, MO 63101) Monday-Friday by 8 a.m. Early arrival suggested.

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

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