Church ordered to stop feeding the homeless.
A United Methodist church in Malibu, California has been told they must stop feeding the homeless, as it is encouraging homelessness.
The church has provided meals for the homeless since 2014, but this year after Thanksgiving, they will no longer be allowed to help the community.
They have been instructed by the city that they have to stop because they are causing homelessness.
Dawn Randall who helps the church, told CBS news “They claimed we are increasing homelessness.”
Emails were send out to nine workers who helped with the giving of the food, asking them to attend a meeting. They were then told during the meeting about the plan to stop the program.
Citizens who work for the church feel like their help is still desperately needed, and in giving food out to those in need, they really felt like they were doing something positive for the community.
Kay Gabbard, another church helper said:
“I think many of them eat out of dumpsters and trash cans when they aren’t eating with us,” and “We can’t pretend like [homelessness people] doesn’t exist in our backyard. We can’t pretend that it only exists outside Malibu.”
Michah Johnson, who is currently homeless said:
“The church is very helpful. They keep my spirits up. They keep me accountable. When you’re homeless, it’s very easy to slip off and become jaded.” and “And everyone is welcome. And the food is really good. It’s home-cooked. And there’s TLC involved.”
The city’s view that food programs like this one show a complete lack of understanding about the issue, and even a deep-seated lack of respect for homeless people.
In taking away resources like this one they are not helping the issue, they have simply acted in a way which will inflame tensions in the area and make the needy feel even more dejected.