Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:27
With dangerous sub-zero wind chills back in the St. Louis area, city officials are scrambling to fund an overflow shelter for the homeless that's already blown its budget.
The mayor's office says the community center at Tucker and Park costs about $1000 a night to keep open. It provides shelter for 125 people. The city's budget allotted for 20 days of operation this winter. But because of the unusual amount of cold and snow, the shelter has already been open for 27 days, and the winter is only half over.
St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff told Fox 2 News that the budget can't dictate the city's response to the cold. "Mayor Slay has made it very clear," Siedhoff said. "This is a necessity. We will find the money. We will find it some place. We have to. It’s a responsibility the city has."
Siedhoff says the shelter will remain open as long as the extreme weather continues.
Published in Local News