Here are some numbers you wouldn’t have been able to find two years ago.
Last week, 3,428 people from the St. Louis Metro Area called the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, asking for help. One in four requested financial assistance to pay a utility bill. Nearly 500 callers asked for rent assistance, a bed in an emergency shelter, or another housing request. Another 114 needed help filing their taxes.
These data, long recorded and maintained by the United Way, are now compiled publicly and continuously updated. Coordinators at Washington University in St. Louis say the information has the potential to inform the work of policy makers, local governments and nonprofits, and they hope to go national soon.