Philly Mayor To Ban Feeding Homeless In Public
Michael Nutter wants homeless to eat indoors
Looks like the City of Brotherly Love would rather you show that love behind closed doors.
Still on a quest to "clean up" Philadelphia's streets, Mayor Michael Nutter says he plans to ban feeding homeless people in public.
Nutter, who made headlines last summer when he enforced a 9 p.m. curfew for teens, says that it would benefit homeless people more if community organizations would feed them indoors. Nutter thinks that if fed indoors, the homeless could also receive mental health and medical services, as well as better, safer food. Plans are in order to create a temporary space for serving meals at City Hall's northwest corner where classes on serving safe food will also be taught.
Organizations who help the homeless claim that Nutter has an agenda, saying that he is really considering the move to sweep them away from high-traffic tourist spots.
The move will become permanent after a 30-day comment period. People caught feeding the homeless in public will be fined $150. So yes, giving someone a $3 sandwich will cost you dearly.
Those in protest of the idea have already created a petition asking that they still be allowed to feed the homeless in public. So far it has 608 "likes" on Facebook.
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