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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local minister who works with the homeless is disputing the city’s claim that it has lowered the homeless population.

Earlier this week, the city’s Director of Human Services Bill Siedoff spoke glowingly of efforts to get the homeless off the street.

“I think we’ve made tremendous progress,” Siedoff said.

Siedoff boasts that the city has cut the homeless street population by 180 people after spending $55 million to do so over five years.

The Reverend Larry Rice of the New Life Center says that’s a small return on the investment.

“If they would have given the money directly to the homeless they would all have hundreds of thousands of dollars each but the fact is that I even dispute whether the homeless count has gone down,” Rice said.

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