A handful of homeless people milled about in the shade of a big green and white tent in suburban St. Louis County.
The massive canopy represents the latest in a string of attempts by Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center to set up a camp for the homeless.
St. Louis County officials and police were on hand Saturday morning while Rice began setting up the camp in a vacant lot on Lada Avenue.
Officials told Rice that he did not file the proper paperwork to have a portable toilet, and that he could not have multiple tents.
As this year’s heat wave wears on, St. Louis city officials are stepping up their efforts to keep the death toll among the area’s homeless population from rising.
Department of Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff says people living on the streets can be at greater risk for heat-related illness and death.
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