Homeless encampment in St. Louis.

Unsheltered Homelessness Increased by 38% in St. Louis

Homeless man on sidewalk in St. Louis
Homeless man on sidewalk wrapped up in a red blanket 2023

Unsheltered homelessness in St. Louis increased by 38%, from 877 in 2014 to 1,214 in 2018 according to a study done by the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

The increase in homelessness in St. Louis is likely due to a number of factors, including the rising cost of housing, the lack of affordable housing, and the shortage of mental health and addiction treatment services.

The study also found that there is a significant racial disparity in homelessness in St. Louis, with Black people being much more likely to experience homelessness than white people.

The increase in homelessness in St. Louis is a serious problem, and it is important to address the factors that are contributing to this trend. This includes providing more affordable housing, expanding access to mental health and addiction treatment services, and addressing the root causes of homelessness, such as poverty and unemployment.