ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Homeless people in St. Louis will soon have a new place to stay, at least temporarily.
The Rev. Larry Rice will set up a large tent at Interstate 44 and Vandeventer Tuesday. It's the same site he tried to establish a homeless camp last year. The encampment was shut down and Rice was arrested.
Last week a federal judge ruled Rice can practice religion on the property. Rice says helping the homeless is his way of practicing religion.
St. Louis Operations Director Eddie Roth said in a statement Tuesday that it will take immediately action if Rice uses the property as an overnight or living place.
"Rev. Rice has a right to lead religious worship. The City of St. Louis never contested that," the statement reads. "But he has no right to establish an encampment or otherwise use the property as an overnight or living place for others.
"Should be do so, we will take action -- including by seeking immediate relief before the United States District court."
The statement goes on to say that Roth will be stopping by the property, and that police and fire officials will be monitoring the area.
The tent will be set up at the site Tuesday for worship. Rice will explain how he will use the tent to help the homeless going forward.