Solving Homelessness Includes the Complete Community

St. Louis is facing a homeless crisis of historic proportions. Record numbers of men, women and children are seeking shelter at the New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust as many others sleep on downtown sidewalks, alleys and in vacant […]

St. Louis is facing a homeless crisis of historic proportions. Record numbers of men, women and children are seeking shelter at the New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust as many others sleep on downtown sidewalks, alleys and in vacant buildings.

The problem of homelessness is further complicated by the fact that when Larry Rice and New Life Evangelistic Center leased a two acre plot of ground at 44 and Vandeventer they are shut down and the city homeless human services office spreads the untruth that there is plenty of rooms in city shelters this only attracts more people to downtown St. Louis.

After the two acres of vacant land leased to New Life Evangelistic Center were condemned, now the city of St. Louis has allowed it to be turned into a dump without New Life’s permission. NLEC discovered Monday that rock and gravel has been dumped there. Although the city wouldn’t allow a portable toilet to be put there in May, one sits there now for an illegal construction crew.

Why would the city drive the homeless off the ground, condemn the land, and then allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to use the private land that NLEC still leases?

You can get involved in occupying the land at 44 and Vandeventer in St. Louis for the homeless by contacting Larry Rice and the staff of New Life Evangelistic Center at (314) 421-3020.