St. Louis faces a homelessness challenge with approximately 1,600 unhoused people. Local efforts, such as those led by Jay Shields’ Think BIG fund, focus on systemic changes to improve service delivery, inspired by successful models from cities like Houston and Dallas. Mandy Chapman Semple’s strategies emphasize rapid rehousing and permanent housing solutions over temporary shelters. Samantha Stangl, executive director of House Everyone STL, advocates for a regional, collaborative approach to transform St. Louis’ response to homelessness by leveraging data and community support to prioritize long-term housing solutions.

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