Larry Rice says Biddle House is No Panacea for Homeless

Kevin Killeen @KMOXKilleen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The city’s new homeless center north of downtown — the Biddle House — is coming under fire from longtime minister to the homeless, Reverend Larry Rice of New Life Evangelistic Center.

“Biddle House isn’t going to solve all the problems,” Rice said, “No one agency, organization or city can do it. We’ve all got to do it together.

“We’ve got to stop claims that Biddle House is the solution. What we’ve got to recognize is that we have a growing homeless problem due to gentrification in this community.”

Rice claims the city created Biddle House to bolster its effort to shut him down.

The Biddle House with picnic tables and tall chain link fence is now serving the homeless

The Biddle House with picnic tables and tall chain link fence is now serving the homeless

The city has ordered Rice to house no more than 32 homeless a night, a thresh hold he says is too low, and one he’s fighting in federal court.

The city’s Director of Human Services, Eddie Roth, released a statement saying:

“We need all homeless service providers working together. Almost all do. If NLEC were serious about helping the homeless it would work with the Continuum of Care and the City of St. Louis. It does not.”

Rice has resisted joining the Continuum of Care, because to do so he would have to receive federal funds handed out by the city, and Rice says that would make him beholden to the city.

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