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Rev. Larry Rice: Location of next homeless camp will be a secret

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) says it will "go underground" in its latest attempt to set up a tent city for the homeless. It says it will set up a tent city, but keep the location secret until the encampment has been established.

This is the exact opposite approach compared to its "Integrity Village" encampment that it set up earlier this month at Interstate 44 and Vandeventer.
That encampment was highly publicized before would-be residents had really moved in. The city of St. Louis condemned the property and arrested Rice and three other men for occupying a condemned premise.
New Life says it has sent a letter to the St. Louis Board of Alderman requesting an investigation into the St. Louis Department of Health and Human Services' control over the St. Louis Continuum of Care for the homeless. It also wants an investigation into the department of public safety and its actions to condemn the 2-acre lot where Integrity Village was to be located. NLEC also wants legislation introduced that would have the city of St. Louis set aside one acre of land for a "homeless transitional housing tent community."

Is a "tent city" for the homeless a good idea for St. Louis? Share your thoughts.

The debate with the city of St. Louis over the homeless may also be playing out over the internet. NLEC is asking supporters to "further confuse the city" and place symbolic tents on their property with signs saying "We stand with Integrity Village". It also wants people to take pictures of those tents and send them to NLEC on Twitter.
Wednesday morning there will be a news conference where NLEC will further explain this latest approach to handling the homeless situation.

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