Mayor Brings SLATE To Host Empowerment Week at Biddle House, Become Part of City’s Homeless Solutions To Help Residents With Fresh Start Transition Towards Employment

Residents of the Biddle Housing Opportunity Center will soon receive access to job opportunities and streamlined, one-stop homeless services

August 29, 2018 | 2 min reading time

ST. LOUIS, MO – A fresh start is coming to Biddle House, a 24-hour city-owned facility for the homeless north of Downtown, also known as the Biddle Housing Opportunity Center. As the new operator, an Ohio-based nonprofit Homefull, prepares to join in the City’s efforts to eliminate chronic homelessness from its streets, Biddle House residents will soon receive access to job opportunities for streamlined, one-stop homeless services right where they live.

Under the new arrangement, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) will be providing opportunities related to job readiness, job training, and employment for Biddle House residents. SLATE will be on-site at Biddle House to transition its residents into employment and training.

The first project for the SLATE – Biddle House partnership is Empowerment Week scheduled to take place at Biddle House, on September 4-7, 2018. During that week, SLATE will bring staff members and partners for a motivational and informative meeting with Biddle House residents to discuss opportunities available to them, and the importance of connecting to these opportunities to achieve mental health, permanent housing, and entering rewarding employment. Biddle House is located at 1212 North 13th Street.

“SLATE is meeting people where they are to support their efforts towards self-sufficiency. It is our duty to deliver employment services to the residents at Biddle House,” said Dr. Prince, SLATE Executive Director.

The new shelter will provide housing on a temporary basis, moving its residents quickly to a secure, permanent housing of their own. At the moment, a total of 101 residents, men only, are staying overnight and will be given opportunities for appropriate homeless services. The City’s adopted “housing first” strategy was designed to combat homelessness through helping people keep their own homes or moving them as quickly as possible into long-term housing.

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