St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - Rev. Larry Rice and representatives from the New Life Evangelistic Center will open new tent city in unincorporated north St. Louis County Saturday morning on a plot of land they were recently given.
"Integrity Village," located at 3950 Lada Avenue, will provide a temporary haven for homeless men and women across the St. Louis region.
A spokesperson for the New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) said the tent city will abide by county building codes, which allow up to 50 small tents on the property for up to 90 days.
Downtown St. Louis has become a trap for homeless people, according to the NLEC, who are subjected to scorn and hostility from residents or others.
Rev. Rice is promising a security team to prevent trespassing and disturbances, and keep weapons, drugs and alcohol off the premises.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said his office has received calls from concerned residents near the proposed location of Integrity Village and said county representatives will make sure the tent city does not violate county ordinances.
A spokesperson for Dooley's office said the Department of Human Services spends nearly $2.5 million per year on homeless programs in the county, providing 155 beds through various agencies.