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A federal judge has tossed out an activist's lawsuit that sought to keep St. Louis from revoking an occupancy permit for his shelter for homeless people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports U.S. District Judge John Ross dismissed on Tuesday the lawsuit filed in March by the Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center.

The city has said it will shutter the downtown shelter unless it abides by a permit allowing no more than 32 people to be housed there overnight. The shelter often accommodates more than 200. It has drawn crime and nuisance complaints.


Residents living near the site of a proposed 24-hour homeless drop-in shelter reviewed plans for the building Tuesday night. The Columbia Alliance to Combat Homelessness, CATCH, presented preliminary building plans to members of the North Central and North Village neighborhood associations.

Shelter Insurance will donate $450,000 to a project to build an apartment complex and temporary homeless shelter for veterans in Columbia called Patriot Place.  

The plan is to renovate the former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East into a campus with 25 on-site apartments and a temporary homeless shelter. There will also be space for case management and support services.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELLY SILVEY, Executive Producer of KOMU-TV's "No One Left Behind," an hour-long documentary that follows three veterans from enlistment to homelessness. The special airs tomorrow night at 7:00 on KOMU. January 27, 2015

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Chamberlain, Room at the Inn

Jan 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN, Coordinator of Columbia's Room at the Inn. Now in its 6th year, Room at the Inn provides shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. If you'd like to help out with money, time or donations, please watch for details! January 26, 2015


The Room at the Inn emergency winter shelter opened its doors for the first time this season on Thursday.   

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (ColumbiaFAVS.com).

Room at the Inn, the emergency winter homeless shelter run as a collaboration among churches, will stay open until March 6 – about one week later than originally planned.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia is working to recruit enough volunteers to keep its temporary homeless shelter open until Dec. 31 – a week and a half longer than originally planned.

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Faith communities around Columbia are preparing for the annual start of Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter open in January and February.

United Way of Callaway County

A record set at one Callaway County homeless shelter could reflect a bigger problem.

Wiley House, a shelter for homeless adult men and women, had a record number of individuals stay overnight in July and August. Executive Director Brad Sheppard said the shelter has seen an increase every year since it opened in 2009, but he still didn’t expect such high numbers.

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The level of overnight shelter available to the homeless in Columbia is expected to increase this winter season.

Room at the Inn Volunteer Coordinator Janet Schisser says a group of about 20 people have been planning since July to find a new location to house the homeless through the winter months.

Last week the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church confirmed they will accept Missouri’s homeless to stay overnight starting in January.

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The Wiley House in Fulton will remain open despite being scheduled to close its doors due to lack of funding.