On one hand, the YouTube video is heartwarming: It shows a Saint Louis University basketball player and his best friend helping a 34-year-old homeless man named Michael Chaney, buying him his the first real meal in five days and his first new outfit in years. The clip has over 76,000 views. But th ... More >>
Buried under the avalanche of selfies, lost-dog announcements and motivational quotes that usually pollute St. Louis' social-media scene is a video so heartwarming and honest that we're willing to forgive it for being a tad preachy.
Chronically homeless veterans in St. Louis city could find themselves with a place to live as early as tonight as part of an unprecedented federal program to end homelessness for vets by 2015. "Until we reach a day when not a single veteran sleeps on our streets, our work remains unfinished," says ... More >>
In St. Louis, it's completely legal to tailgate or barbecue without a permit. Not so with feeding the homeless. Churches on the Street, a mobile ministry that has been serving home-cooked meals to the city's homeless population for around a year. Group members were notified Monday by the city's ... More >>
"Nobody wants to shit on the street." That was just one blunt reaction at a wide-ranging town hall meeting on homelessness Tuesday night, exactly seven days before the fate of the emergency homeless shelter at New Life Evangelistic Center goes before the city's Board of Public Service. A diverse cr ... More >>
Reverend Larry Rice, the embattled director of New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis, is facing one of his toughest battles yet -- an effort by downtown residents and business owners to revoke his hotel license and shut New Life's homeless shelter down for good. This particular fight, ... More >>
Today in St. Louis soccer news, we have for you a different kind of story than our ode to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. David Whitener, 22, may be slightly less famous, but he is representing St. Louis -- and the United States -- in an international sporting event this week. Whitener is currently i ... More >>
Last week, the city of St. Louis shut down a homeless riverfront encampment that officials say had become a dangerous environment for the 24 people living there. And the homeless individuals sleeping in tents on 2nd and Plum streets -- at the so-called "Camp Plum" -- have all been relocated to some ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay and the city's Department of Human Services have a long-term plan to abolish chronic homelessness in the city -- unveiled this week, just days before the primary election. Officials say they have been working on "The Beginning of the End: Abolishing Chronic Homelessness," (conve ... More >>
Robbery victim (and Good Samaritan) Erv Yoder was raised in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. He no longer lives Amish, but still believes that God wants him to help poor people. That's why Yoder decided to help out an injured homeless man he met on Saturday at a Wentzville laundromat. Man, big mi ... More >>
The battle between the city of St. Louis and New Life Evangelistic Center head Rev. Larry Rice wages on. The latest clash began last night as the city enacts "special enforcement" on a section of Locust Street west of 14th Street, right outside the NLEC. The sidewalk is often lined in the wee hour ... More >>
After attempting to open a tent city for the homeless in St. Louis City only to have it condemned and shut down immediately, Reverend Larry Rice followed through on his promise to rebuild his homeless tent community in the County. On Saturday morning, Rice and volunteers from the New Life Evangelist ... More >>
Four more deaths in the region were confirmed to be heat-related on Wednesday, bringing the region's total up to 18. Last year's final count was 19, but this summer isn't over yet. In fact, the National Weather Service forecast for the next week shows the temperature rising on Monday and Tuesday, wi ... More >>
Reverend Larry Rice is poised to pull off another high-profile attempt to house St. Louis's homeless -- in the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights. Starting Thursday afternoon, the ritzy shopping center is becoming, in Rice's words, a "day center." "We're going to get lunch for them, have a few ... More >>
The Rev. Larry Rice will not quit on St. Louis' homeless population; the entirety of his public life is proof of that. So the recent city-ordered dismantling of Integrity Village, his tent city just off I-44, was certainly not the end of Rice's efforts to establish a public and free-standing communi ... More >>
Cuevas Cost, the ringleader of a counterfeit check ring that used homeless people to pass the fraudulent checks, was sentenced to 51 months in prison today.Police from St. Louis, St. Charles County and St. Louis County notified postal inspectors and the Secret Service in 2010 of homeless people c ... More >>
It started off innocently enough. The St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance had a meeting to discuss holiday plans. It came up with Hope for the Holidays, a book drive sort of like the one Left Bank Books had held last year: In addition to their other purchases, customers could buy a book ... More >>
With winter on its way and expected to be nasty this year, the Community Service Office at Washington University held an open meeting this week to discuss the need for volunteers for this year's Winter Outreach (WO) team. The WO finds homeless people in St. Louis and offers them a ride to one ... More >>
The mayor's office says it wants to save Hopeville residents from the elements.St. Louis officials today announced that they're pushing ahead with plans hinted at earlier this year to dismantle the homeless camps north of downtown St. Louis. In January the city issued regulations for those living ... More >>
Remember that gruesome scene from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs -- the one where a victim is bound to a chair, tortured, cut up, and doused with gasoline in an abandoned warehouse? Well, that scene carried out in real life last month in East St. Louis, according to new details revealed i ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.5 million today to St. Louis not-for-profits that aid the homeless. Catholic Family Services for Fathers Plus will receive more than $1 million of the grant to be used for funding 29 permanent housing units for single men with mental ... More >>
Just received an e-mail from Mayor Slay spokeswoman Kara Bowlin detailing the city's plan to evict dozens of homeless people from a makeshift encampment under Tucker Boulevard to make way for a $34 million construction project.Aimee Levitt posted about the Hopeville conflict yesterday on Daily RFT, ... More >>
In anticipation of street construction downtown scheduled to start next week, the city served eviction notices this morning to the homeless people of "Hopeville," a tent city in an abandoned railway tunnel beneath Tucker Boulevard. Image SourceAs seen on Stltoday.com, this image depicts "Hopeville, ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mager/ / CC BY-SA 2.0It was supposed to be an exchange between city officials and downtown's homeless. By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 50 people had filled up room 306 of the St. Louis Public Library's central branch. But for a pair of cops and a few service provider ... More >>
A group of homeless St. Louis residents and advocates plan to march on City Hall and the social service agency St. Patrick Center this morning. Not expected to take part in the protest is the Rev. Larry Rice, director of the downtown homeless shelter New Life Evangelistic Center and a frequen ... More >>
St. Louis cops are on the prowl for a ring of air-conditioner thieves.
Week of May 24, 2006
Truck firms are so desperate for drivers that just about anybody can get behind the wheel
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Week of March 10, 2004
The defiant Reverend Larry Rice infuriates big developers and city leaders over a proposed shelter in a downtown federal building
Carol Bledsoe's alleged killer had a long criminal record and deep psychological problems. Church volunteers didn't know how big a threat he posed.
Week of February 20, 2002
Fred Rottnek, doctor to the downtrodden, tried his luck playing the boardroom politics of one of the city's most prestigious charities, Grace Hill. He lost. So did the homeless of St. Louis.
They have run away from home or been kicked out, and there are about 5,500 of them in the St. Louis area. They're homeless teens -- too old for foster care, too young to live on their own.