Inclement Weather and Shelter Access
Learn about the Homeless Services Cold Weather Operations and Shelter Process, and find outreach organizations
The City’s Cold Weather Operations and Shelter process includes continuous shelter availability, regardless of the forecasted temperature outside, from December 1st to March 31st.
The Department of Human Services remains committed to transitioning unhoused residents or those facing housing instability into permanent housing. Case management, meals and connection to other critical services are provided at the operating shelters to aid individuals and families in obtaining permanent housing.
To access an emergency shelter, please call United Way 2-1-1 for available resources.
In case of an emergency, call 911.
The City of St. Louis partners with agencies, volunteer groups and various departments within the City, to increase outreach activities and increase shelter bed availability to support unsheltered individuals and families.
Organizations who participate in outreach:
- Biddle Housing Opportunities Center
- St. Patrick Center
- Peter & Paul Community Services
- Gateway 180
- BJC Behavioral
- Places for People
- St. Louis County Continuum of Care
- St. Louis Housing Helpline - United Way Dial - 211
- St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
- St. Louis Winter Outreach
- VA Street Outreach
What’s New in 2022
The City of St. Louis continues to deploy millions of dollars in federal American Rescue Plan funding to support winter operations throughout the City. Visit the City’s ARPA transparency site for regular updates.
- All shelters and spaces with winter/overflow beds are now in continuous, 24/7 operation through the winter
- All shelters and spaces with winter/overflow beds now provide wraparound services and additional support to address underlying needs for unhoused neighbors
- DHS has partnered with the Institute for Community Alliances to provide support to city funded and volunteer shelter operators to collect data collection to ensure their clients are accounted for and can receive the support they need
- DHS is also providing Greyhound and Metro passes to those facing challenges with transportation for reunification with families
Winter Outreach Alerts
City of St. Louis Outlines Preparations for Possible Winter Storm
City of St. Louis joins the NWS to urge residents to take precautions and preventive measures during and after the storm.
Press release | Homeless Services,Street Division,City Emergency Management Agency,Department of Health,Office of the Mayor | 01/24/2023
City of St. Louis Winter Storm Response Update
An update from City departments on our ongoing winter weather response.
Press release | Office of the Mayor,City Emergency Management Agency,Street Division,Homeless Services | 12/23/2022
City of St. Louis Outlines Preparations for Possible Winter Storm, Recommends Residents Plan Ahead, Take Precautions if Traveling
The National Weather Service (NWS) declares a Winter Storm Watch and Wind Chill Watch for our region beginning Thursday, December 22.
Press release | Office of the Mayor,City Emergency Management Agency,Street Division,Environmental Health Services,Homeless Services | 12/21/2022
City of St. Louis Launches Winter Operations to Support Unhoused Neighbors Through the Winter
DHS wants to ensure our unhoused neighbors and families facing housing instability are protected during the coldest months of the year.
Press release | Homeless Services,Office of the Mayor | 11/30/2022