About Human Services

All about what Human Services can do for you.


The City of St. Louis' Department of Human Services is that unit of city government mandated  by the City Charter to administer social welfare programs.  The Department presently coordinates programming and funding through five Divisions, 


Homeless Services
Provides a comprehensive approach in responding to the diverse needs of homeless individuals and families in the City of St. Louis.

Human Services
The Department of Human Services coordinates programming and funding through five Divisions, the Office on the Disabled, Homeless Services, the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Youth and Family Services and Veterans Affairs

Office of Veterans Affairs
Information concerning St. Louis City's Office of Veterans Affairs and additional resource links.

Office on the Disabled
Office on the Disabled Overview of Services

St Louis Area Agency on Aging
Information on elderly services, transportation, food services, medicare, and other related services.

Youth and Family Services
The Youth & Family Services division administers a wide range of programs through partnerships with community based organizations and institutions.


As a unit of City government, funding sources are City General Revenue, as well as state and federal revenue.  The overall department activities are guided by the City Charter, the Mayor and the Board of Alderman.


The Department of Human Services provides Information and Referral as a direct services to the citizens of the City of St. Louis.  Other services are provided via subcontracts and partnerships with public and private entities.  Thus, the Department has a long and rich history of fiscal management, grant management,  contract negotiations, payment by reimbursement, contract monitoring and data collection for evaluation and reporting purposes.

The Department of Human Services has a strong advocacy role and participates on numerous boards, public policy and project planning initiatives aimed toward securing additional funds and services for at risk populations.    


The Accounting and Financial Services of the Department of Human Services develops the department overall budget and fulfills all financial reporting requirements. These include:

  1. Overall budget development
  2. Maintainance of the general ledgers for the city's general fund and all grant funds to include processing and recording receipts and expenditure 
  3. Meeting all financial reporting requirements 
  4. Processing and log all contracts 
  5. Fiscal monitoring of all subcontracts 
  6. Payroll, requisitions, travel requests and mail distribution functions for the department.  

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