Biddle House Will Shun Homeless Walkups

Many had relied on Biddle House for free meals

Kevin Killeen
July 31, 2018 - 6:04 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The downtown homeless are bracing for cutbacks at the Biddle House. 

Starting Wednesday, the city-run shelter just north of downtown will only feed current residents.

"It used to be free meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - open to the public," said 57-year-old Jeffrey Williams, sitting on the sidewalk across the street.

Williams and others have been reading the sign on the wall that says Biddle House will no longer provide food - or any kind of help - for people who don't already live there.

"If it is an emergency," the sign says, "call 911."

The change is expected to force about 50 people a day to find meals elsewhere. The nearby St. Patrick's Center provides lunch for the homeless, but not breakfast or dinner.

Biddle House will continue providing meals and beds for about a hundred residents already sleeping there.

St. Patrick's Center was originally hired by the city last year to run Biddle House, but no longer wants the job.

Mayor Lyda Krewson has been seeking a new contractor to run Biddle House. The changeover is expected to take place in October.