New Life Evangelistic Center

New Life Evangelistic Center
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Overwhelming' Environment At St. Louis Homeless Shelter Triggers Neighborhood Dispute

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust Street.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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. Back then, the area around his building at 1411 Locust was mostly factories and warehouses for St. Louis’ garment district.

Many of those buildings are now loft apartments with bars and restaurants on the first floor, and Rice admits to regularly sheltering as many as 300 people a night.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
6:47 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Larry Rice Gets His Say On Effort To Revoke Operating Permit For New Life Evangelistic Center

Larry Rice addresses the Board of Public Service on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
7:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Effort To Revoke Occupancy Permit Of Downtown Homeless Shelter Begins

A group of downtown property owners is trying to get the city to revoke the occupancy permit of the New Life Evangelistic Center, saying its a detriment to the neighborhood.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

It was the first of what will be several days of testimony on whether the homeless shelter 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.

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Belleville Homeless Shelter
8:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Homeless Advocate Submits Petition On Former YMCA In Belleville

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.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the referendum could be on the April 9 municipal ballot if the petitions aren't challenged by Monday.

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Homeless Loitering
4:17 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Rice: City Barricades Hurting Parking At Homeless Center

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust St. in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/ pasa47)

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.

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.

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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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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 Life Evangelistic Center lawsuits
6:02 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Parents sue homeless shelter where son was fatally stabbed

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust St. in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/ pasa47)

The parents of 21-year-old Jeremy Dunlap say that there was not ample protection at the New Life Evangelistic Center to prevent their son's stabbing death in 2008. Tammy Church and Eric Dunlap filed separate wrongful death suits against the center today in St. Louis Circuit Court, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Though both lawsuits involve wrongful death, the specifics of each are slightly different.

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