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Community Resources - II. Homeless Shelters
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Homeless Shelters

St. Louis County Homeless Hotline

Saint Louis County residents who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis can seek assistance by calling the Emergency Shelter Hotline.  The caller is interviewed by an intake specialist, and if in crisis, is referred to either emergency shelter or rent/mortgage/utility assistance. The Hotline is the result of a collaboration between the City of Saint Louis and Saint Louis County, who jointly fund the program.

Hotline: (314)-802-5444

Available Mon-Fri 7:30am - 10:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm


Notes: Callers may experience long wait periods on the hotline.

Tags: Shelter Financial Assistance


Youth Connection Helpline

The Youth Connection Helpline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, including mobile outreach to home and/or community agencies to provide emotional support, referral information and linkage of services for children, youth and their families in St. Louis County. The program is a collaborative effort between Youth in Need, the St. Louis County Safe Place Network and Behavioral Health Response. The Helpline also has a Follow-Up Program, where eligible callers will receive a follow-up call within 48 hours by a Coordinator who ensures child safety, assists with referrals and continues to follow-up until the crisis situation has been resolved or linkage to services has occurred. Consumers may call, text or use web chat to access the Helpline.

Helpline: (314)-819-8802 or toll free 1 (844) 985-8282

Text: BHEARD to 31658

Web chat:   

Office address: 6763 Page Ave Ste. 201, St. Louis, MO 63133

Main office phone: (314)-615-5850

Office fax: (314)-615-5858


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Notes: Kirkwood Public Library is a Safe Place. Youth can ask any library staff for assistance, and staff will contact Youth In Need, our partner organization, to get the youth to safety.

Tags: Crisis Line Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning Gender Inclusive Shelter Youth Resources


Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn is a temporary, emergency shelter for homeless women and families, regardless of the age or gender of the children. They empower program participants to create their own solution to their homelessness through education and referrals. They serve about 150 people per year, including single mothers with their children, single women, two-parent or single-father families. With a capacity of 20 people per day, Room at the Inn assists the homeless in the St. Louis area.

Phone: (314)-209-9198


Notes: If you are in need of emergency shelter, please contact the St. Louis County Homeless Hotline at (314) 802-5444 or 211.

Tags: Shelter


Karen House

Karen House is a Catholic Worker House that offers shelter, assistance with food and clothing, and referrals. They offer short term shelter for 13 women and their children. Please call ahead, as the shelter may be full. The Karen House community accepts and celebrates ALL people, regardless of race, class, gender identity, and sexual orientation, country of origin, age or ability.

Phone: (314)-621-4052

Address: 1840 Hogan Street, Saint Louis, MO 63106


Notes: Shelter space is CLOSED on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When shelter space opens up, new guests are considered on Mondays. There is no waiting list. Call the provided number above. The free clothing room is open on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm - 3:00pm. Sandwiches are served daily from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Tags: Shelter Food Pantry

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