33 US Cities Have Restricted Feeding the Homeless in Past Year Alone: Report
Robbie Couch - The Huffington Post
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June 11, 2014
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When the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) began publishing which American cities have restricted publicly feeding homeless people, it believed the reports would be a source of humiliation for those communities and their leaders. But that hasn't been the case.
"We published the report in the hope that it would embarrass the cities," Michael Stoops, director of community organizing at NCH, told Vice News. "But they just keep doing it."
Not only are those cities unashamed, they seem to be setting something of a national precedent.
Vice News obtained NCH's third and latest report, which is set to be published later this month. The outlet reports that, incredibly, at least 33 municipal bans on publicly handing out free food have been enacted across the U.S. between January 2013 and April 2014, reflecting a sharp increase in communities with such restrictions.
That troubling number is likely less surprising to anyone whose been following the issue of food sharing at a national level. Many cities have been actively stepping up their fights - not against homelessness, but against homeless people.
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