ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The City of St. Louis announced details Tuesday surrounding The BEACH Project, aimed at helping the homeless.
Twenty partners will join the city to provide mental health services and a stable place to live for 138 people labeled as chronically homeless in St. Louis.
The BEACH Project, "The Beginning of the End: Abolishing Chronic Homelessness," will receive a $1.25 million federal grant and bring federal, state, and local government agencies together with faith-based organizations, businesses, housing providers, and non-profits.
Beginning Friday, March 1, each of the people labeled chronically homeless will be visited by a case worker who will assess their needs. That evaluation will determine what services they will receive, including housing assistance, intense case management, substance abuse help, health and mental health treatment, transportation, and food services.
This is part of Mayor Francis Slay's 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness. A spokesperson for Mayor Slay's office says chronic homelessness has already been reduced by 38 percent since 2005. The BEACH Project could made St. Louis the first city to end chronic homelessness.
A Day of Engagement is also planned Friday, March 1 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the City Hall rotunda to allow potential participants receive details about the project.
James Heard, Field Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Philip Mangano, President and CEO of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness; and Bill Siedhoff, Director of the City's Department of Human Services are among Mayor Slay's partners in this initiative.