Rev. Rice claims homeless shelter application denied again

By Tyler Profilet - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A St. Louis man hits another road block as he tries to turn the old Cape Girardeau federal courthouse into a homeless shelter.

Reverend Larry Rice says the Department of Health and Human Services has rejected his bid to turn the courthouse into a homeless shelter for a second time.

Rice says he is taking the government to court again, claiming it did not allow him to make changes to his application, and took 157 days to respond instead of the required 25.

But even with the rulings against him, Rice says he will eventually turn the courthouse into a place for the homeless.

"Very hopeful, very hopeful the judge is going to order Health and Human Services to let us make the necessary amendments to our application," Rice said.  "We are going to continue to pursue this. The law is so clear that federal surplus property must be used to help the homeless."

The Department of Health and Human Services would not confirm that it rejected Rice's application a second time.

Cape City Manager Scot Meyer also said he hasn't heard of a ruling.

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