Who Needs RTH?

The need is for safe, affordable housing, long-term stabilization, and supportive services for homeless families in the area.

RTH serves one and two-parent low-income families, as well as single women and men who are homeless due to any of the following circumstances:

  1. Living on the street or in their vehicle
  2. Housing not suitable for human habitation
  3. Living in a shelter
  4. Loss of income with eviction imminent and/or court evictions
  5. Domestic violence / break-up
  6. Recovery from chemical dependency
  7. Mental illness issues
  8. Loss of home due to fire or other reasons

On January 26, 2011, volunteers throughout St. Louis County including RTH Case Managers conducted a Point-in-Time unsheltered and sheltered homeless count. This count helps with defining the homeless issues at hand and for acquiring federal grant money.  On that night, in St. Louis County, there were 493 homeless people. These numbers have remained fairly consistent in the past three years, in 2009 there were 492 and in 2010 there were 524 homeless people.

In 2010, the referrals RTH received consisted of the following demographics: 81% were Caucasian, 6% were Native American, 5% were African American, and 8% other.  Of the 309 households referred to RTH programs: 50% had a diagnosed mental illness, 6% had a diagnosed chemical dependency condition, 25% had a diagnosed physical disability, and 15% were fleeing domestic abuse.  Overall, 765 people were served through referrals and 90% of those people were from the Iron Range Area. RTH initially turned away 70% of the households referred for housing in 2010 due to a lack of vacancy. Many of these households were put on a waiting list for housing and were assisted in locating other resources they may have been eligible for through RTH’s Outreach Program.