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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-FOX 2 stopped by the new Integrity Village homeless camp Sunday morning only to find it apparently deserted.  The New Life Evangelistic Center, who owns the property on Lada Ave. in St. Louis County and set up the camp, confirms that police asked them to remove tents and porta-potties due to a lack of permits.  They complied with police. They say they were not shut down.

The center reports it hosted a bar-b-cue with neighbors around 5:00pm Saturday night.

Workers and volunteers unloaded gear and set up the camp Saturday morning. NLEC's Rev. Larry Rice accused county leaders of not doing enough to help their homeless, saying his downtown shelter was overcrowded with people from all over the metro area.

Pat Washington, with the St. Louis County Health Department, was also at the site Saturday.  She said she wanted to make sure the new village was safe and wanted to offer services to those who were homeless.

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