Homeless Hearing — News Advisory

Homeless people who would like the opportunity to live in tents will state their case at9:30 a.m.Tuesday, May 29, at a public hearing of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Human Services Committee in the second floor hearing room of […]

Homeless people who would like the opportunity to live in tents will state their case at9:30 a.m.Tuesday, May 29, at a public hearing of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Human Services Committee in the second floor hearing room of City Hall. The Rev. Larry Rice ofNewLifeEvangelisticCenteralso will attend.

City officials will give an update on their plans for relocating residents from three defunct tent cities along the riverfront.

Land on the south side of the city was used to put up tents for worship services and transitional housing for the homeless, but city officials condemned the site. Rice, who was arrested with three others, said the city has misused its power. He is exploring his legal options and asked residents of the metropolitan area to provide space for tent communities without the city’s knowledge.

Rice has sent a letter to the Board of Aldermen requesting three things:

  1. An investigation into the Continuum of Care and the Department of Human Services’ control over the Continuum of Care, which he thinks should be outside the city’s control to be effective.
  2. Introduction of legislation to set aside 1 acre of ground for a tent community.
  3. An investigation into the Department of Public Safety and the misuse of power when it comes to condemnations. The city condemned property at Interstate 44 and Vandeventer, where there was a tent community

For more information on this news release, call Dale Parker at 618-520-6514.