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Court of Appeals To Hear Arguments for New Life Homeless Shelter

August 01, 2018 - 8:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Missouri Court of Appeals will hear arguments this morning stemming from the city of St. Louis closing down the New Life homeless shelter last year.

A three-judge panel will hear lawyers for the city and downtown residents arguing the April 2017 of New Life was the right thing to do, that it was a nuisance property. The Reverend Larry Rice says his lawyers will argue the city went too far, requiring neighbors sign a petition supporting the homeless shelter.

“It’s like saying you have to get permission from your neighbors if you want to pray or read the bible. To us, the provision of shelter is a function of worship,” he says.  

No decision is expected today.  A ruling by the court of appeals could take months. 

“There’s going to be a large number of attorneys there, all opposing New Life’s efforts,  but we are depending on a higher power and we believe this is what God has called us to do, so we’re going to keep moving ahead,”  Rice says.