Fifty tiny homes for the Homeless on Jefferson Avenue and MLK Drive was talked about by Mayor Lyda Krewson in press release in November of 2020. She lived up to her word and I got a chance to see the community from a distance. People are already living in this gated community and have 24/7 on-site security for piece of mind.
Krewson announced in the release that the “tiny house community will provide additional access to safe shelter and compassionate care for members of the unhoused community, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This forward-thinking, innovative, and efficient approach to housing has been done in some other cities, but never in St. Louis. I’m proud that we continue to invest more resources than any other governmental entity in the region to address various issues associated with homelessness. This tiny house community expands our current capacity to help more people and builds on our longstanding commitment to connecting those in need to more stable housing environments,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The tiny homes sits at 900 N. Jefferson Avenue, formally a St. Louis RV Park. St. Louis City received $600,000 in federal CARES Act money in Spring 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. The funds help with the deleterious effect COVID-19 placed on its heath systems, humanitarian needs and economic loss.
Krewson went on by adding, “I’m grateful to my staff and the various City departments who came together collaboratively and proactively to prioritize this project and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.”
This marks the second tiny house village announced by Mayor Krewson for unhoused individuals located in the City of St. Louis. The first one, announced by Mayor Krewson, was the Veterans Community Project (VCP) in partnership with the Kansas City, Mo.-based non-profit.