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Places for People held a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference Thursday for a new facility to house chronically homeless citizens with mental illness. Read the full article on the American website.

Janet Ward knows the pain of being homeless after being beaten and raped a decade ago. She was hospitalized for nine months but had nowhere to go when she was released and lived on the streets until she found Places for People, an agency that helps the homeless and the mentally ill. Read the full article on the Post-Dispatch website.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Places for People broke ground today on Places at Page, Missouri’s first affordable housing development funded by the state’s housing commission specifically targeted to alleviate homelessness amongst individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness. Places for People Executive Director Francie Broderick, Treasurer Zweifel, construction workers and future Places at Page residents helped break down a wall in the new facility expected to be completed by late 2011.