In testimony today, Rice will seek to blame downtown’s homeless problem on the negligence of surrounding communities.
“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.”
“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.
“It takes more than two plots of land for anything to take place,” Dooley said. “You got to build it, you got to staff it. All these things need to be done.”
“We’re making this available to them, all they have to do is agree that they will open the shelter that was promised last August,” Rice said.
“For them to say all the problems in downtown St. Louis are a result of homeless people that stop in and that we help from time to time is absolutely ridiculous”
The Rev. Larry Rice on Monday submitted a 790-signature petition to the St. Clair County Clerk’s Office to force the ballot measure.