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Recycle Christmas Trees at Three City of St. Louis Parks
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 26, 2016 - After the glow of Christmas is gone and decorations have been taken off the tree, City of St. Louis residents can take the bare tree to one of three City park sites to be recycled.

Trees may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Forest Park - Lower Muny Opera parking lot
  • Carondelet Park - Grand and Holly Hills (area between gate and recycling containers)
  • O'Fallon Park - West Florissant and Holly (picnic grounds #4)
Trees will be accepted for free at these park sites until Friday, January 13, 2017. The trees then will be ground into mulch that residents may take home for free from the same parks. Fake or plastic trees are not accepted.

Trees must be free of all decorations. Please remove ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stand before recycling your tree. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag or cover it. Wreaths and pine roping are not accepted at the sites.

"We want to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Locations in the north, south and central areas of the City were chosen to ensure that our recycling sites are as convenient as possible," Forestry Commissioner Janis Garavaglia said.

City residents should not place Christmas trees in alley Dumpsters or recycling containers;however, the Refuse Division will collect them as part of its regular monthly bulk pickup program if residents are unable to drop them off at one of these parks for the preferred and encouraged method of disposal -- recycling.

City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, November 29, 2016 - Mayor Francis Slay has announced the City of St. Louis has competed for and received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help rapidly re-house individuals experiencing homelessness into supportive, stable housing. This is the largest single, rapid re-housing grant the City has received to date.

Those seeking services through the City's Continuum of Care soon will be moved into homes and apartments to begin to immediately stabilize individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance.

In a release, Mayor Slay said, "Most people who fall into homelessness and end up on St. Louis's streets do not have serious or chronic mental illness and do not require permanent support. They may have lost a job, missed utilities payments, had their power shut off, and were put out of their apartment."

"What they need is short term help to get back into housing and on their feet. That often only takes a few months rental assistance, some help cleaning up legal problems and help finding a job. This is the kind of assistance this $1 million rapid re-housing grant is designed to provide. Fifty percent or more of people who end up on St. Louis streets can be put back into housing, quickly. With rapid re-housing resources and partners, most will be able to sustain themselves in housing and never return to life on the street," stated the Mayor.

St. Patrick Center and Gateway 180 will execute the grant to rapidly re-house over the next year as many as 150 men, women and children who are homeless. The HUD funding for rapid re-housing helps to decrease homelessness by minimizing the amount of time an individual or family spends homeless. In addition to providing rent and financial housing assistance, rapid re-housing dollars also cover case management and supportive services like utility deposits, moving costs assistance, credit counseling and mediation.

Much of the work to rapidly re-house individuals experiencing homelessness will be done out of the Biddle Housing Opportunities Center, which is owned by the City of St. Louis and operated by St. Patrick Center, along with Peter & Paul Community Services. Biddle providers oversee needs assessments, connections to resources, referrals, meals, overnight emergency shelter and housing placements.

"After more than a year of discussions within the St. Louis City Continuum of Care, and with the input of Housing First experts from the United States and Canada, we see this as an opportunity for a new era in homeless services," St. Patrick Center CEO Laurie Phillips said. "Our ambitions remain the same - ending chronic homelessness in St. Louis - and the Biddle Housing First initiative will help us achieve that goal. We believe this new funding can help us make a greater difference for more of our neighbors who struggle with homelessness."

St. Patrick Center also will engage ArchCity Defenders to help remove any legal barriers people might have to get into housing.

The Housing First service team is working out of Biddle to begin placing people who are homeless into supportive housing. The City also already has applied for another $1 million renewable grant for the second year of the Housing First program.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
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 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
 New Park Coming to Welston Community
 City of Bellefontaine Neighbors Receives 2015 MML Innovation Award
 "Blackish" Star Jenifer Lewis Returns to St. Louis for Webster University's Centennial Gala
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 Reinvest North County Fund Issues Second Round of Funding
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 Monsanto Commits $1 Million for North St. Louis County
 President Reed Teams with Forest ReLeaf with 'Trees for Peace'
 Webster University Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Old Post Office Plaza
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 VA Acting Secretary Sloan D. Gibson Addressed Issues at Hospital
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 St. Louis Fire Department to Receive Grant to Enhance Training
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 Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade
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