ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local advocate for the homeless, Reverend Larry Rice, continued on a crusade, Friday, leading dozens on a march toward St. Louis City Hall.
“That’s why we walked down Washington Avenue today telling them, these people will be sleeping in front of your businesses, in your alleys, if they close down Hopeville. Don’t let them close down the tent communities. Let’s just place those people in affordable housing, ” Rice said.
Another encampment, Dignity Harbor, is set to close next Friday.
Reverend Rice is circulating petitions to get the city to set aside one acre of public land for the homeless, so they can live there temporarily and put up tents there, until they can find permanent housing.
Here’s a response from the city’s human services director, Bill Siedhoff, “It’s ludicrous. That’s what we’ve had on the riverfront. It has proven to be a very dangerous, rat-infested environment. It’s not safe. There have been more police service calls down there than people.”