SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group that helps homeless people would like to come up with an acre of property in the city where people could live in their vehicles if they have no permanent housing. The Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center plans to hold a news conference on Thursday morning to talk about the proposal.
A news release announcing Rice's news conference says his group plans to launch an initiative petition drive to ask voters to force the city to set aside an acre for "the Homeless of Springfield to reside until permanent housing can be Established & provided." It also says "New Life Evangelistic Center is making available a parking lot for our local homeless living in their cars & campers & others receiving tickets for sleeping on unused sidewalks & vacant lots."
The news conference is at 10 a.m. at a fenced parking lot off BobBarker Boulevard (formerly Brower Street) between Jefferson and Benton avenues. That's next to New Life Evangelistic Center's Veterans Coming Home building, the former U.S. Social Security office that is now a daytime resource center for veterans.