St. Louis offers help to Central American refugee children

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The City of St. Louis is offering temporary shelter and care up to 60 refugee children from Central America.

In a news conference Friday, Mayor Francis Slay said the city will apply for a federal grant to help feed, clothe, and shelter children who have been sent to the U.S. from Honduras alone.

Currently, most of the children are in a holding pattern in Texas.  In St. Louis, the children would live in one of three residential facilities for children until they  move in with a relative or into a foster home.

The City is getting help from St. Louis County, Catholic Charities, and other not-for-profits.   The program is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and if St. Louis is accepted, the government would cover the cost of the program.

“We can disagree about politics and still agree about taking care of children,” Mayor Slay said in the news conference.

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