Places for People recently received a five-year federal grant to provide treatment to people who are homeless and also strengthen the available evidence-based practices for providers in the St. Louis region.

The nearly $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help Places for People reach and enroll 428 individuals who are homeless in St. Louis City and County in the next five years, and engage them in services through the “3-2-1 Project.”

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One day a year, the Places for People Recovery Center is abuzz with activity at 4 a.m. That’s when the Recovery Center serves as the staging point for the St. Louis City Continuum of Care’s Point-In-Time Count. Seventy-six volunteers conducted this year’s count in the city, picking up supplies and receiving final instructions at Places for People before heading off to their assigned areas of the city.

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On the longest night of the year, December 21, members of the St. Louis community gathered at Centenary United Methodist Church to remember 14 people who died homeless in St. Louis in 2017.

Reverend Kathleen Wilder spoke of the importance of the memorial service in her welcome. “Because we do this, their name is called, and their life is remembered and valued,” she said.