Appeals Court Sides with City Hall over Homeless Center Shutdown

The Reverend Larry Rice vows to appeal to Mo Supreme Court

Kevin Killeen
September 26, 2018 - 4:18 pm
Rev. Larry Rice of New Life Evangelistic Center

(Kevin Killeen, KMOX)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Missouri Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling that found the city of St. Louis acted properly when it shut down the New Life Evangelistic Center homeless mission in April of 2017.

The center's director, the Reverend Larry Rice says, it's hard to re-open when he can't get petition signatures from neighbors in the locked loft next door.

Related story: Court of Appeals To Hear Arguments for New Life Homeless Shelter

"What's really made this difficult is the people they want us to get signatures from are the people that put in the petition in order to stop us from doing the shelter," Rice said, "At the same time, we're willing to do our individual appeal to each person that lives in the loft next door at 15th and Locust, the management of those lofts refused to give us access."

Rice says he may seek a court order granting him access to the building to talk to knock on doors of residents.

Also, he plans to appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court and argue that his homeless shelter is a "local church" and has a Consitutional right to stay open to serve its congregation--the homeless.