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Old 03-22-2012, 08:21 AM
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Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live. Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America. Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders". Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?

This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks. There seems to be this idea out there that it is the job of the government to take care of everyone and that nobody else should even try.

But do we really want to have a nation where you have to get the permission of the government before you do good to your fellow man?

It isn't as if the government has "rescued" these homeless people. Homeless shelters all over the nation are turning people away each night because they have no more room. There are many homeless people that are lucky just to make it through each night alive during the winter.

Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person. But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn't happen.

This is so twisted. In America today, you need a "permit" to do almost anything. We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into "privileges" that they can revoke at any time.

The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless....

IMO something is very wrong in this society, what are your thoughts?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:07 AM
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Great article. I have shared it with my facebook friends.

My wife works twice a month helping to distribute food through the Salvation Army.
Throughout the world they are the first to arrive and never leave.

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:04 PM
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I know that in a lot of cities, the reason they're making people get permits is so that if someone decides to poison the food to "take care of the homeless problem," they'll be able to know who it was.

In San Antonio, they made it illegal, because they want the homeless to go to a shelter called Haven for Hope.
This is an AMAZING place. They have job training, drug/alcohol help, and they even help homeless people get their education.


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Old 03-23-2012, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
IMO something is very wrong in this society, what are your thoughts?
Wrong in this society or wrong in this government mindset?
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:47 PM
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That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention "the indigent" or "the homeless" by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.

just another interfering activist Judge ... "let them eat cake", there might be a place for Marie Antoinette afterall.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:51 PM
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The first thought that popped into my head when reading the title was eugenics, or improving the genetic makeup of a population by eliminating the weaker members. Proposing policies aimed at "protecting" the homeless from "bad food," yet not caring whether they actually eat or not. However, that would never happen.

But in all seriousness, there does seem to be a double standard here which leads me to believe that something is amiss. They want to protect the homeless, but at the same time, are doing nothing to decrease the numbers of those that are stricken with the condition in which the government seems to view as some sort of disease. If they were so concerned with their safety, you would think that there would be more programs to help get them on their feet financially through employment and a place to stay and other assistance. But then again, it's more important to feed other nation's poor through millions in international aid each year than our own. It really is so ridiculous.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:38 PM
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Guys, it is real simple. If you put up a bird feeder you have a backyard full of birds and they poop on your deck. Take down the feeder, the birds and the poop move somewhere else.

I am betting the laws are only enforced where the people do not want to look at the homeless.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:12 AM
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Guys, it is real simple. If you put up a bird feeder you have a backyard full of birds and they poop on your deck. Take down the feeder, the birds and the poop move somewhere else.

I am betting the laws are only enforced where the people do not want to look at the homeless.
Was going to say the same thing.
Just a case of NIMBY.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:15 AM
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I think this is more that just a case of not wanting to see the homeless. I'm not saying that is not part of it, but there is more. Bringing thousands of people daily into places without toilets or other means of sanitation, and then having food handed out by untrained personnel can setup condition that are worse than hunger. Conditions like that breed disease, disease that can easily spread to the general public.

Also, if you read the article, the feeding of the homeless was not banned. The feeding of the homeless was limited or banned in outside areas, areas that were not designed or suitable for repetitive high traffic use as a eating area.

Feeding those in need is a good thing. But it needs to be done in a manner that does not cause more harm than good. Unfortunately not all groups think though all the issue beforehand.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:38 AM
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When San Antonio closed down and fenced areas where many went daily for free meals, I was absolutely livid. It felt to me as if the city simply wanted to hide the problems.

I was wrong.

Feeding the homeless (with no plan to get them off the streets) did not address the real needs that kept the homeless in their situation leading to the problems growing bigger (including the lines for food) every year.

Haven For Hope addresses the root cause of homelessness through education, job training, and behavioral health services.

These folks are succeeding at getting homeless people back on their feet and out on their own again. http://www.havenforhope.org
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