Gateway Housing First’s mission is to provide safe supported housing to individuals and families challenged by a wide range of disabilities and complicated life situations who are often impacted by chronic homelessness, generational poverty, trauma, and systemic racism.
We are committed to bringing systems change that creates greater housing equity and an array that houses everyone based on their unique needs.
Currently, there is a serious shortage of affordable housing for very low income people throughout St. Louis’ seven county, metropolitan region. Even more profound is the shortage of permanent supported housing, or housing that is both affordable and specifically designed to serve the needs of people affected by serious mental illness, other disabilities, homelessness and those who struggle to maintain housing stability. Historically, there have been minimal housing options for persons with serious mental health disabilities that allow for their autonomy and rights of tenancy while concurrently offering strong supports based on voluntary engagement. This approach has left many without access to supported housing options, regardless of need or the cost of alternatives.
GHF formed because there is currently no other group in the region whose sole mission is to create supportive housing for people with special needs. We believe we will begin to relieve the burdens experienced by our public and private systems serving those most in need in our region by making access to healthcare, community-based treatment and affordable housing more cost effective and impactful.