In testimony today, Rice will seek to blame downtown’s homeless problem on the negligence of surrounding communities.
“It’s very expensive,” Thomas-Murray with St. Louis Public Schools says. “We spent over $2 million in homeless transportation last year.”
“We have people who have homes, who have condominiums, that file petitions, that want to take away our right to shelter people here”
“You can own your own building but if you own it and try to sleep on it, you get arrested. You sleep on the sidewalk, you get arrested.”
Ever wonder what it’s like to be homeless? You can experience it tonight as the New Life Evangelistic Center hosts its annual Night with the Homeless.
“We will be taking this to court where we can contest if we really need a permit for a hotel. We’re a church after all,” he said.
“It’s kind of like an assortment of police reports at various times. They vary from assaults, homicides, drug arrests, larcenies,” Officer Daffney Allen testified.
It was May of 2012 when Rev. Larry Rice’s “Integrity Village” on a grassy lot at Interstate 44 and Vandeventer Ave. caused an uproar among neighbors.
Wednesday several dozen homeless marched through a gap in the fence into Lucas Park a block behind the Washington Park loft district, and a block away from the New Life Evangelistic Center.
“The solution to ending homelessness is not tent cities or temporary encampments, as they are not safe or humane places,” Mayor Francis Slay said in a press release.