City laws thwart Mother Teresa helpers

Miami & Portland share a battle with the public and regulations to feed the poor.
Faith News Note

In Miami City officials hit Missionaries of Charity (a charity formed by Mother Teresa) with violations for not having adequate filled out food and distribution permits. This despite the charity working in Miami for over 30 years. Officials were quick to say that they will not close the charity and a dispute is brewing over what permits are required (See Miami Herald). In Portland last year, a SE church came under the City’s attention for allowing homeless people to sleep in the church parking lot. See Oregonian article here. Both news stories are the same as they both arise from public complaints from neighbors who complain about long lines, crime and problems of homeless people in their neighborhood. In the middle is a city government trying to balance both concerns.

See video clip on the Miami story below.

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