Decision expected Tuesday regarding fate of downtown homeless sh -

Decision expected Tuesday regarding fate of downtown homeless shelter

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS ( – After more than a year of hearings, a decision is expected to be announced Tuesday on what’s next for a controversial homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis.

The Rev. Larry Rice is in jeopardy of losing the hotel license that allows him to operate the New Life Evangelistic Center as a homeless shelter.  

More than 100 people petitioned the City’s Board of Public Service to examine the shelter’s license last fall. The petitioning came after a summer in which people were seen camping out on the sidewalks and in an alley behind the shelter on Locust Street.

The New Life Evangelistic Center insists things have improved, arguing the license it’s had for years should be valid.

The Board of Public Service is expected to announce their decision at 1:45 p.m. at City Hall.

The mayor’s office said it would be prepared to take homeless people in overflow shelters.  

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