The time has come to defend New Life’s right to shelter the homeless at 1411 Locust.

In the first 11 months of 2013 10,377 individuals calling the homeless services hotline did not receive shelter at government-sanctioned programs.* Many of these homeless people came to New Life Evangelistic Center, the last major independent shelter opened for everyone […]

In the first 11 months of 2013 10,377 individuals calling the homeless services hotline did not receive shelter at government-sanctioned programs.* Many of these homeless people came to New Life Evangelistic Center, the last major independent shelter opened for everyone all night long.
Now an all-out attack is underway to take a way New Life’s right to shelter the homeless at 1411 Locust.

Veterans fought for us and were even willing to die, now we must fight to be sure that in their hour of need the homeless veterans can continue to come to 1411 Locust in St. Louis for a place to sleep.

While they were courageously fighting for our freedom, if members of our armed forces had been captured by the enemy in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the other battles they engaged in, one of the forms of torture the enemy could have used would have been sleep deprivation. Now if these courageous veterans end up homeless in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, or surrounding municipalities in Illinois or Missouri they are driven out of the parks, off of the sidewalks, and anywhere they might try to lay down and sleep. As a result they experience night after night the torture of sleep deprivation.
The only place they can still come into in the middle of the night is the New Life Evangelistic Center.

Since NLEC is the last major overnight walk in shelter for the homeless, if NLEC was to lose its hotel permit to shelter the homeless women would be left on the streets nightly to be brutally assaulted, raped and even murdered. Children could be taken from their homeless parents and put in foster care while veterans would be subjected night after night to the torture of sleep deprivation. Our veterans fought for us, now we must fight to see that they have a place to sleep in their time of need.

In the first 11 months of 2013 government sanctioned shelters turned away 4,691 children. Many of these children sought shelter at New Life Evangelistic Center. But they are not alone. Homeless veterans come to NLEC every night in their time of need.

Article, “Homeless” by Jesse Bogan, printed 12/13/13

Please Help Save the Last Major Walk-In Shelter in the Greater St. Louis Area

Since 1976 New Life Evangelistic Center has had a hotel permit granting it the right to shelter at that location. Now rich developers and condominium owners are trying to get the St. Louis Board of Public Service to take away this hotel permit in order to drive the homeless, most of whom are African American out of the downtown area. Rev. Larry Rice and the staff of New Life Evangelistic Center for 40 years has provided shelter and transitional housing for the homeless at 1411 Locust.

The Board of Public Service will be announcing their decision in a public meeting on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm in Room 208 of the St. Louis City Hall. Stay tuned to KNLC Channel 24, this website, Facebook or Twitter for further information.

Please sign up now to be at that meeting to help save the shelter.


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