St. Patrick Center is fortunate to have partnered with the City of
St. Louis and Peter & Paul Community Services to establish, launch and operate Biddle Housing Opportunities Center. Utilizing the Housing First methodology* and Coordinated Entry multi-agency effort** we achieved these outcomes from August 2016 through July 2018:
6,600 men, women and families who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless walked through our doors and completed conversations with intake specialists.
Here is a breakdown of what we referred people to, following these conversations:
— 47% of the referrals we made were for shelter.
— 41% of the referrals we made were for housing programs.
— 6% were for other support services (case management, behavioral and physical health, and employment).
— We prevented homelessness for 6% who were at risk, using all homelessness prevention funding resources.
Shelter and community services
During our two years at the Biddle emergency men’s shelter, we affected thousands of lives through a variety of community services:
— Nearly 74,000 emergency shelter beds during regular weather conditions. More than 2,500 extra beds during extreme weather.
SP — 71% of the men stayed in the shelter fewer than 30 days. Almost half stayed fewer than 7 days.
— Nearly 224,000 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
SP — The St. Louis community donated 97% of all food served (restaurants, casserole teams, companies, other agencies and individuals).
— Nearly 15,000 showers.
— More than 9,000 loads of guest laundry.
About this population
Biddle specialists also completed 2,800 assessments to determine individual and family barriers to housing. Based on data,
— 10% needed minimal assistance to get back on their feet and stabilized in housing.
— 60% were candidates for a rapid connection to permanent housing and case management.
— 30% needed permanent housing with longer-term, more intensive case management.
Also based on data, we learned that 58% of the people who walked through the doors did not pursue a full assessment for housing assistance after their initial conversations with specialists. Some may have “self-solved” their housing needs; others may not have met eligibility requirements or may not have been ready to take the next step.
As of August 1, 2018 …
Intakes and assessments, plus connections to housing support services, are being conducted in our main building at 800 N. Tucker Blvd. People who find themselves homeless or at risk may be referred to St. Patrick Center.
*Housing First: The evidence-based practice that ends homelessness through a combination of case management and permanent housing. We move people into housing and help them maintain that housing through support services such as rental assistance, and
behavioral health and employment services.
**Coordinated Entry: A multi-agency effort under Housing First consisting of centralized locations where people can go for intakes, assessments, meals, shelter and housing coordination. St. Patrick Center is the lead agency for Coordinated Entry in St. Louis.
Data provided by the Institute for Community Alliances, St. Louis, MO.