Lancaster Is Making It Illegal To Hand The Homeless Food In Public Places

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Lancaster's City Council is expected to make a big decision today. After months of debating, they will be voting on the ordinance that would ban people from handing out food to the homeless on public property.

If approved, the ordinance hopes to stop groups and individuals from distributing food on public properties: including public streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.

The city finds the intentions of organizations feeding the homeless are "admirable", but that these events obstruct vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

In addition, the events result in “garbage and trash left on the public property after the distribution, creating hazards to public health and visual blight,” according to the ordinance.

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