Plan stalls for 24-hour homeless shelter in St. Louis

3 years 1 day 12 hours ago Thursday, July 21 2016 Jul 21, 2016 Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:01:00 PM CDT July 21, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A proposal to open a 24-hour homeless shelter north of downtown St. Louis has unexpectedly stalled.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the plan stalled Wednesday after city leaders debated whether nearby residents had enough time to weigh in on the proposal.

Plans called for the $2.5 million Biddle House to open Aug. 1, as an overnight emergency center and facility where homeless citizens could go to during the day to learn how to get back on their feet.

The Board of Estimate and Appointment was scheduled to award two area nonprofits a $360,000 contract Wednesday to operate the facility. The board members are the Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed, Mayor Francis Slay and city comptroller Darlene Green.

Reed said the mayor's administration hasn't done enough to explain the project to residents near the facility site. Slay disagrees.

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