Plans underway for temporary homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Plans are in motion for a new shelter to house the city's homeless. It's a temporary location to help those in need as we inch toward winter.

Some know this building on Market Street as City Hall West. Inside you'll find municipal courtrooms, the health department and city offices. But pretty soon this building will provide some relief for folks without a home, who are forced everyday to brave the cold.

This temporary shelter will operate 7 days a week from morning to evening. It will offer 100-200 people shelter from the elements during the coldest months of the year. Bridge Outreach will run the shelter.

It's headquarters has been at a nearby church, but that lease ends in a few weeks.

So the city helped find this new space to continue the nonprofit's mission. This is still a public building. The homeless will have to go through metal detectors and have bags checked like anyone else. Officials say there will be restrictions on moving about once inside.

This shelter is temporary, only operating through spring at the latest.

City officials tell our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that plans are also in motion for a 24-hour facility that would combine the daytime operation here with the overnight facility south of downtown.