Larry Rice

Homeless Camps
5:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Rice sues city for condemning homeless camp

Rev. Larry Rice is asking a US District Court of Missouri to review St. Louis' condemnation of his homeless camp, formerly located in the St. Louis neighborhood of Botanical Heights.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

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’s religious freedom.

“They went and condemned that vacant ground," Rice said. "And in a matter of hours they told us we had to get off the property and if we didn’t that we’d be arrested – of which I was arrested. And there was no violation.”

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Homeless Camps
5:43 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Setbacks lead church group to plan covert homeless camp

City officials removed the encampment by the riverfront known as Hopeville earlier this month.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

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. But Rice's son, Rev. Chris Rice, says they aren’t giving up.

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Morning round-up
6:47 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Morning headlines - Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Larry Rice arrested at new homeless camp

The Rev. Larry Rice was among four people arrested last night at the site of a new homeless encampment in south St. Louis.

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Slay condemns plans for new homeless camp

New Life Evangelistic Center workers erect a sign and crucifix on a two-acre plot in Botanical Heights where Rev. Larry Rice plans to host a homeless camp.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slays says Rev. Larry Rice’s plan to host a homeless camp on Vandeventer Ave.  north of Interstate 44 is a bad idea. 

Speaking today on "St. Louis on the Air," Slay said he’s concerned about the same safety and health problems that plagued the tent cities by the Mississippi riverfront.

“If they’re on the property without the proper permits – the occupancy permits and other things under the zoning laws – they will be asked to leave and if they continue to violate the law people will be moved,” he said.

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New homeless encampment
6:43 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Rice unveils plans for new homeless encampment

The Rev. Larry Rice argues with a Botanical Height resident over his plans to host a homeless camp at Vandeventer Avenue and Interstate 44.

Homeless St. Louisans displaced from three riverfront camps north of downtown will now have a new place to pitch their tents.

The Rev. Larry Rice yesterday unveiled his plans for "Integrity Village," which will be established today on two privately-owned acres near Interstate 44 and Vandeventer. Rice says the camp will be Christian-based and drug-free.

City officials say they won't permit this newest camp - but Rice says he'll be protected by the First Amendment.

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Poverty
5:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Protesters say St. Louis homeless camps must stay

A protester marches outside the St. Louis Human Services Department downtown.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Protesters marched from the homeless camps north of the Gateway Arch to St. Louis City Hall today demanding city officials freeze plans to raze the encampments next month.

About 50 people live in the three riverfront camps that the city’s Department of Human Services has deemed a risk to public health and safety.

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