Winter Outreach And Emergency Shelters Process

St. Louis City Winter Outreach And Emergency Shelters Activation Process and List of Outreach Organizations


The City’s Cold Weather Shelter and Outreach includes continuous shelter availability beginning December 1 through February 29 with an activation threshold for the rest of October and during the months of November and March.


Winter outreach and shelter operations go into effect for the City of St. Louis when nightly temperatures fall below 32°F.

This is a change from the previous threshold of 20°F without precipitation or 25°F with precipitation.

Warming Buses Availability

Warming buses are available this winter season at the intersection of 13th & Chestnut downtown in order to take people to shelters between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  

Metro Passes

The City makes Metro passes available at no additional cost for those who might need help with transportation.

Outreach Alerts

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Outreach Team

Forecasts of freezing temperatures for the St. Louis metropolitan area is a main concern for the City of St. Louis, winter outreach and shelter operations.

Through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, volunteer groups and various departments within the City, winter operations efforts include increased outreach activities and additional shelter bed availability to accommodate unsheltered homeless men, women, and children.  Organizations who participate in outreach:


Help for Individuals and Families

Individuals or families seeking shelter should please contact the following agencies:

  • Call St. Louis Housing Helpline: (314) 802-5444
  • Call United Way: 211
  • If an Emergency Call 911

Previous Winter Outreach Alerts

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