Application to use old federal building in Cape Girardeau as homeless shelter

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 10:50 a.m. CDT; updated 4:35 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Now that the U.S. Department of Justice has rejected a request to use a former southeast Missouri federal building as a county courthouse, an advocate for the needy wants to use it as a homeless shelter.

The Rev. Larry Rice operates the New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis and another in mid-Missouri. He said Monday he has made formal application to obtain the former federal building in Cape Girardeau.

The building was replaced last year by the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. Federal Courthouse.

Under federal law, an application to use a surplus federal building as a homeless shelter has priority over other potential uses. But Mayor Jay Knudtson disputes that there's a great need for a homeless shelter in Cape Girardeau.


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