Exit Report on Biddle House

Agency Says it was Able to Connect 2,800 with Housing Services

August 31, 2018 - 6:30 am

St. Louis, MO (KMOX) - The St. Louis agency turning over operation of a city-funded homeless shelter offers a report on it's time at the helm.

The 101 bed Biddle House was at capacity ever night over the two years St. Patrick Center was in charge.  The shelter saw as many as 300 people a day for meals, showers, laundry and other services.

Laurie Phillips, CEO of St. Patrick Center, says for some 28-hundred people, they were able to either provide service or refer people to housing programs, "the majority of people -- about 60-percent -- were homeless and needed housing assistance and they also needed some support services but for a shorter period of time, maybe less than twelve months.  And then about 30 percent needed a longer-term solution, so they not only needed housing assistance but longer term case management."

St. Patrick's formal contract expired at the end of July, though the agency will continue to oversee Biddle House through the end of September.  As for why St. Patrick Center is stepping back, Phillips say the agency decided to refocus on its core mission of providing support services and housing -- instead of handling emergency shelter.