A FLORIDA city enacting a new homeless feeding ban is making an example of 90-year-old advocate who’s been helping the hungry for two decades.
Despite heated protests, Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance early on Oct. 22, restricting charitable groups from doling out meals to homeless people in public, the Sun Sentinel reported. The city wasted no time implementing the law when it cited two Christian ministers and volunteer Arnold Abbot, 90, who runs the advocacy group, Love The Neighbor.
The three served less than a handful of the 300 meals they prepared before the police run in, according to the Sentinel.
They each now face 60 days in jail and $500 fines.
“These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don’t have a roof over their heads,” Abbott, who plans on suing the city, said. “How do you turn them away?”
Mayor Jack Seiler said that providing homeless people with a meal perpetuates a “cycle of homeless” in Fort Lauderdale.
The homeless feeding bans, Abbott says, are “ridiculous.”
“They’re doing everything in the world,” he says, “to rid the area of homeless persons.”
Since January last year, 21 US cities have enacted measures to limit feeding homeless people.