TELL the City TO REOPEN Larry Rice's St. Louis City HOMELESS SHELTER.

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THE NEW LIFE EVANGELISTIC CENTER (NLEC) IS A "WALK-IN" HOMELESS SHELTER THAT HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR 45+ YEARS BY REV. LARRY RICE. THE NLEC PROVIDES SHELTER TO 250 HOMELESS PEOPLE EACH NIGHT AND TO 50 HOMELESS PEOPLE THAT PERMANENTLY RESIDE THERE PARTICIPATING IN RICE'S "INTEGRATED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM" TO RE-ENTER SOCIETY. REV. LARRY RICE PROVIDES MANY SERVICES INCLUDING A DAYCARE CENTER TO THOSE MOTHERS WITH CHILDREN.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS CLOSED THE SHELTER PERMANENTLY ON APRIL 2, 2017 STATING REV. LARRY RICE IS OPERATING WITHOUT AN OCCUPANCY PERMIT.  IT BOILS DOWN TO THIS. CITY OFFICIALS SPECIFICALLY MAYOR LYDA KREWSON AND THE POLICE ARE CRIMINALIZING THE HOMELESS AND TRYING TO RUN THEM OUT OF THE CITY.  AS MAYOR LYDA KREWSON STATED, "I AM TRYING TO BRING IN WHITE BUSINESS INTEREST TO OUR CITY."  Hmm, RACIAL SLUR?

THE NLEC MENS HOMELESS SHELTER HAS TAKEN CARE OF OUR FORGOTTEN...THE HOMELESS. CLOSING REV. LARRY RICE'S NLEC HOMELESS SHELTER HAS BEEN DEVASTATING TO THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY, HOMELESS ADVOCACY GROUPS HAVING TO FILL IN THE GAPS, THE EXISTING HOMELESS SHELTERS, AND THE ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO THE CITY ITSELF. YOU CANT PUNISH THE HOMELESS FOR BEING HOMELESS. YOU CANT ASK THEM TO LEAVE OR TELL THEM THEY CAN'T TO SLEEP OUTSIDE. WHERE ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO GO? OUR CITY NEEDS THIS SHELTER FOR OUR HOMELESS, AND IT IS EMPTY FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT MAYOR LYDA KREWSON "HATES THE HOMELESS." SHE HAS MADE IT KNOWN IN HER COMMENTS TO THE PRESS AND A LARGE NUMBER OF REPORTERS HER DISLIKE FOR OUR CITY'S HOMELESS. MAYOR LYDA KREWSON COMMENTED TO A REPORTER FROM THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH NEWSPAPER THAT THE HOMELESS ARE FAKING IT, THEY AREN'T HOMELESS AND THEY AREN'T HUNGRY. THEY ARE TOO LAZY TO WORK. THEY THINK PANHANDLING IS MORE LUCRATIVE THAN GETTING A JOB. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? 

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT OUT OF YOUR OFFICE AND WALKED THE STREETS OR VISITED THE SHELTERS AND SPOKE WITH YOUR HOMELESS, MAYOR KREWSON? I CAN TELL YOU I KNOW THEY ARE NOT "FAKING IT." THEY ARE REAL AND ARE NOT GOING AWAY. OVER 40% OF THE HOMELESS WORK AND HAVE JOBS. THEY JUST CAN'T AFFORD HIGH RENTS WHEN THE MINIMUM WAGE IS ROUGHLY $2 LESS THAN LIVABLE WAGE.  REV. RICE STATES HE IS SIMPLY DOING WHAT GOD HAS CALLED HIM TO DO.  HE CONTINUES BY SAYING IT IS "SICK" THAT JUST BECAUSE HIGH RISE CONDOMINIUMS ARE GOING UP AND THEY DONT WANT THE HOMELESS AROUND. WILL YOU SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL THE CITY TO REOPEN THE NEW LIFE EVANGELISTIC CENTER HOMELESS SHELTER? REV. RICE IS COMPLYING WITH THE CITY TO MAKE THE REPAIRS BRINGING THE BUILDING UP TO CODE.

TELL THE CITY WE NEED THIS HOMELESS SHELTER. THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH HOMELESS SHELTERS TO PROVIDE HELP TO ALL OF OUR CITY'S HOMELESS. SHELTERS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. HOWEVER, UNTIL THE CITY COMES UP WITH ALTERNATE SOLUTIONS CLOSING THE NLEC HOMELESS SHELTER IS NOT THE ANSWER. YOU JUST PUT OVER 250+ HOMELESS BACK ON THE STREETS AT NIGHT. ST. LOUIS CITY NEEDS THE NLEC HOMELESS SHELTER!



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