Larry Rice http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Overwhelming' Environment At St. Louis Homeless Shelter Triggers Neighborhood Dispute http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/overwhelming-environment-st-louis-homeless-shelter-triggers-neighborhood-dispute <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rev. Larry Rice opened his emergency shelter at the New Life Evangelistic Center in 1976 with permission from the city to house 32 people.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back then, the area around his building at 1411 Locust was mostly factories and warehouses for St. Louis’ garment district.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31548 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Overwhelming' Environment At St. Louis Homeless Shelter Triggers Neighborhood Dispute Larry Rice Gets His Say On Effort To Revoke Operating Permit For New Life Evangelistic Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/larry-rice-gets-his-say-effort-revoke-operating-permit-new-life-evangelistic-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Life Evangelistic Center’s emergency homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis is no worse for the neighborhood than bars nearby on Washington Avenue.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:47:44 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31196 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Larry Rice Gets His Say On Effort To Revoke Operating Permit For New Life Evangelistic Center Effort To Revoke Occupancy Permit Of Downtown Homeless Shelter Begins http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/effort-revoke-occupancy-permit-downtown-homeless-shelter-begins <p>An effort by a group of downtown St. Louis residents to shutter the New Life Evangelistic Center got underway on Tuesday in front of the city's Board of Public Service.</p><p>It was the first of what will be several days of testimony on whether the homeless shelter&nbsp;run by the Rev. Larry Rice is a detriment to the surrounding neighborhood. The quasi-judicial proceeding was prompted by a petition from 134 people who own property within a prescribed radius of the shelter, which is at the corner of 14th and Locust streets.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:21:55 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 30150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Effort To Revoke Occupancy Permit Of Downtown Homeless Shelter Begins Homeless Advocate Submits Petition On Former YMCA In Belleville http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/homeless-advocate-submits-petition-former-ymca-belleville <p>An advocate for the homeless is pressing for Belleville voters to decide whether he can convert the city's former YMCA building into a shelter. The Rev. Larry Rice on Monday submitted a 790-signature petition to the St. Clair County Clerk's Office to force the ballot measure calling for the city to sell the property to his New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis for $1.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/119N38T">The Belleville News-Democrat reports </a>the referendum could be on the April 9 municipal ballot if the petitions aren't challenged by Monday.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:54:02 +0000 The Associated Press 8129 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Homeless Advocate Submits Petition On Former YMCA In Belleville Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rice-city-barricades-hurting-parking-homeless-center <p>Reverend Larry Rice says he is tired of waiting for the city to remove barriers that have surrounded his homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis for the past five weeks.</p><p>Sidewalks on both sides of Locust Street in front of New Life Evangelistic Center are blocked off by metal barriers. Bill Seidhoff, the director of the city’s department of human services, said the city placed the barriers there after receiving calls from residents who were concerned about hygiene and safety because of the homeless people who congregate and sleep around the center.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:17:50 +0000 Tina Eaton 5292 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center County to add resources for homeless population http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/county-add-resources-homeless-population <p>St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley is pledging to open an emergency homeless shelter in the county by the end of the year.</p><p>Dooley announced the shift in policy in a&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/CharlieADooley">series of Tweets</a>&nbsp;on Friday. The county will also be looking for agencies to operate transitional housing - which is a stepping stone between a shelter and a permanent residence - and will host a homeless summit in October.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:35:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org County to add resources for homeless population Rice sets up new homeless camp in St. Louis County, officials want to avoid confrontation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rice-sets-new-homeless-camp-st-louis-county-officials-want-avoid-confrontation <p>A handful of homeless people milled about in the shade of a big green and white tent in suburban St. Louis County.</p><p>The massive canopy represents the latest in a string of attempts by Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center to set up a camp for the homeless.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis County officials and police were on hand Saturday morning while Rice began setting up the camp in a vacant lot on Lada Avenue.</p><p>Officials told Rice that he did not file the proper paperwork to have a portable toilet, and that he could not have multiple tents. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:10:51 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4304 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rice sets up new homeless camp in St. Louis County, officials want to avoid confrontation Rice: Belleville not dealing with homeless, closing shelters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rice-belleville-not-dealing-homeless-closing-shelters <p>Rev. Larry Rice directed about 20 homeless persons to a mall in Fairview Heights on Tuesday to underscore the lack of shelters in St. Clair County.</p><p>Rice says many homeless persons seeking refuge from the triple-digit temperatures wind up across the river at his shelter downtown.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:39:56 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4176 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rice: Belleville not dealing with homeless, closing shelters Rice sues city for condemning homeless camp http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rice-sues-city-condemning-homeless-camp <p>Reverend Larry Rice is suing the city of St. Louis and Public Safety Director Eddie Roth for condemning a homeless camp he tried to set up last month near Interstate 44.&nbsp;</p><p>The federal lawsuit filed Friday claims Roth failed to give a hearing prior to closing down the vacant lot on Vandeventer and interfered the group&rsquo;s religious freedom.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:26:45 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3924 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rice sues city for condemning homeless camp Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/setbacks-lead-church-group-plan-covert-homeless-camp <p>A local church is taking a more low-key approach in its struggle with city officials to set up a homeless camp in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center was arrested last week as he attempted to open a tent city called Integrity Village on a two-acre plot of private land at Vendeventer Ave. north of Interstate 44. City officials cleared the site and condemned the area as a health hazard.&nbsp;But Rice&#39;s son, Rev. Chris Rice, says they aren&rsquo;t giving up.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:43:05 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3771 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp