St. Louis city officials say they will step up their efforts to move residents from a series of tent encampments along the Mississippi River north of downtown into permanent housing.
The city of St. Louis today marked the halfway point in its ten-year effort to end chronic homelessness.
A five-year report released today shows a 20 percent drop in the city's chronically homeless since 2005.
Chronic homelessness is defined as those homeless for a year or more or four times over a three-year period.
The report also states that the overall homeless population also decreased, from about 1,500 in 2005 to about 1,300 last year.
The City of St. Louis has issued new rules for residents of the area's unofficial homeless encampments.
Residents will not be allowed to drink or use drugs, or engage in criminal activity. And they will also have to cooperate with police, fire and the city health department.
St. Louis Department of Human Services director Bill Siedhoff says he doesn't expect enforcement to be a problem:
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