Lancaster Metropolis Council is anticipated to vote on Tuesday, December 10, on an ordinance that will prohibit the supply of meals to homeless folks on public property.
If handed, the ordinance goals to stop folks and teams from distributing meals on public streets, sidewalks, parking heaps or different public properties.
Whereas the intentions of organizations that feed the homeless are "admirable," in response to the proposed ordinance, occasions "impede the free circulate of pedestrian and car site visitors."
As well as, the occasions lead to "rubbish and rubbish on public property after distribution, creating dangers to public well being and visible impairment," in response to the ordinance.
Two metropolis companies, together with the Legal Justice Fee and the Homeless Impression Fee, have beneficial the ordinance to the Metropolis Council for consideration and adoption.
The town's mayor, Rex Parris, was not instantly out there for remark.
In response to the ordinance, the teams concerned within the distribution of meals "don’t meet state requirements associated to the preparation and repair of meals to the general public." The distribution is commonly carried out in locations that should not have ample entry to wash water, waste disposal and toilet services, which poses vital dangers to the well being and security of the folks served and most of the people, in response to the ordinance.
The ordinance permits volunteers and teams wishing to make use of the house in a public park, if it meets the water and sanitation necessities set forth in state meals security legal guidelines and rules. They need to even have a allow from the Los Angeles County Well being Division and adjust to all state and county meals security necessities, in response to the ordinance.
In the meantime, the Kensington campus, a neighborhood complicated designed to accommodate, make use of and rehabilitate the homeless, is underway. Because the complicated is underway, town has been encouraging individuals who need to serve meals or "present different help to individuals who must volunteer their time and companies on the Kensington campus," stated the ordinance.
The homeless inhabitants of the Antelope Valley grew 2.eight% to three,293 in comparison with final yr, in response to knowledge from the Homeless Depend of Larger Los Angeles in 2019.
Homelessness elevated by 12% to 58,936 from final yr in Los Angeles County regardless of an inflow of billions of dollars for the development of inexpensive housing and the supply of companies for folks with out shelter.
Mel Tillekeratne, who operates a nonprofit group, The Bathe of Hope, stated Lancaster "has at all times been very aggressive towards the homeless. This isn’t stunning. That is simply one other approach for them to say," We don't love you. right here".
Positioned within the Antelope Valley desert, Lancaster is a superb metropolis, and the homeless, who dwell within the desert, usually must stroll miles to get to a spot the place they will obtain meals, he added.
"By prohibiting folks from serving in public areas, what they’re doing is ravenous these folks," stated Tillekeratne.
The City Corridor assembly will happen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, Council Chambers, 44933 Fern Ave. in Lancaster