ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Reverend Larry Rice opened a new homeless encampment Saturday morning, while St. Louis County officials came along to make sure the camp does not violate ordinances.
Located at 3950 Lada Avenue, the encampment has been dubbed "Integrity Village." Rice says the camp will abide by the county building codes that allow up to 50 small tents to be placed on the property for up to 90 days.
Staff from the New Life Evangelistic Center will reportedly be at the location around the clock. Rice says "Integrity Village" will be a positive, supportive environment for people in transition to housing.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said he agrees that homelessness is a large issue and said representatives have met with Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center to address the problem.
The Department of Human Services spends nearly $2.5 million a year on homeless programs.