For Release - July 19, 2019
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Kim Schave, Executive Director
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OPEN HOUSE AND RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY
COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION OFFERS HOPE FOR LARGE HOMELESS FAMILIES
St. Louis, MO— July 19, 2019 — A $650,000 grant-funded renovation has been completed on four large townhouses that will provide homes for St. Louis-area homeless families through the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh in partnership with PNC Bank and LCMS National Housing Support Corporation. A community-wide ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at 3651 Texas Avenue., St. Louis, MO, 63118.
The AHP grant program supports the efforts of community developers and public agencies that work in conjunction with Federal Home Loan member banks, like PNC Bank, to develop affordable housing in local communities. The grant-funding Humanitri received has allowed for the renovation of apartments located in south St. Louis and will provide housing for families that are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Through its Transformational Housing Program, Humanitri stabilizes families by placing them in affordable housing units, and, through a phased case management approach, offers services designed to strengthen a family’s ability to be more self-sufficient.
According to the 2018 Point In Time & Housing Inventory Counts report (Institute for Community Alliances), the rate of homelessness in St. Louis City and St. Louis County stands at 1,399 individuals (24% of the Missouri state total of 5,883) and 1,050 households. Additionally, 33,757 children were considered homeless in the state of Missouri for the 2016-2017 reporting cycle (Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education). For the St. Louis City School District, which ranked highest in the state for number of homeless children enrolled, 5,525 children were considered homeless. This equates to 16% of the total homeless children population in the state of Missouri (Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education). Missouri KIDS COUNT assigned a child homelessness rate of 17.9% in 2016 for St. Louis City.
Humanitri was formed in 2006 through the merger of three Lutheran ministries, bringing together 130+ years of social ministry response in St. Louis. The families served by Humanitri receive coordinated care from a team of professionals, including a counselor and a case manager, with a focus on self-management, mental health, financial management and household management. Humanitri’s coordinated services are designed to build skills that empower families to move from a housing crisis to independence, and, ultimately, into sustainable, permanent housing.
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