St. Louis homeless shelter nears holiday deadline

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A downtown St. Louis homeless shelter facing possible closure after complaints from neighboring property owners could learn its fate just days before Christmas.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city’s Board of Public Service expects to decide by Tuesday whether to shut down the Rev. Larry Rice’s New Life Evangelistic Center by revoking its hotel license.

The shelter has been in operation for more than four decades and is located across the street from Central Library.

Developers of an adjacent apartment complex are among the roughly 150 people who have signed a petition asking the city to revoke the shelter’s license. Rice has said he will fight the city in federal court should that happen.

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