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Raleigh OKs temporary site for feeding homeless

Posted December 3, 2013

Volunteers distribute food to people near Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 25, 2013.
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— The City Council on Tuesday approved a temporary food distribution facility for the homeless near Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh officials have been studying the issue since August, when volunteers said they were kicked out of Moore Square and threatened with arrest for feeding the homeless there.

The city established a Food Distribution Task Force to study alternatives to food handouts. The group determined the best option is to use a vacant warehouse at 215 S. Person St., behind the former downtown Salvation Army, as a temporary distribution center.

The 3,200-square-foot warehouse is owned by the city. Officials estimate it will cost $111,000 to convert the building into a center where meals could be served on Saturdays and Sundays until a permanent facility can be established. It would cost an estimated $58,000 a year to run the warehouse, officials said.

Officials said they would seek donations from the private sector to offset costs, and the city would operate the facility as a partnership with nonprofits that feed the homeless.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 4, 2013

    bill0 - "OK, but how is just providing food a reasonable form of care? A free meal is a reasonable way to help a down-on-his luck, but otherwise healthy person. However, its a horrible way to "help" someone with mental problems or serious drug additions. It's enabling them to permanently live on the fringe of society."

    Sure, but those who are willing and able to help can only do so much. If a sandwich or hot meal is all they're educational qualified to supply, God bless them for doing at least that much!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 4, 2013

    "But we, as a well and healthy society do owe these humans some form of care."

    According to The Bible, they are the responsibility of the churches, not the government. Churches who are closer to the streets could do a very good job of sorting out the TRULY needy from those who are not.

    Instead, they spend their $$$ and their time lining the pockets of the upper hierarchy within their assembly, with the needy in their own congregations often being lucky to get any help at all.

    One day, they will answer for that.

    And in the meantime, the welfare system within this country is the best we will ever be able to do, and it fails by letting those who are not TRULY needy take advantage of those able and willing to work within the country.

    Until the government starts doing a better job of sorting those people out or the churches step up and do what The Bible tells them to do, this is what we're stuck with.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 4, 2013

    c2129962 - "All of this can be accomplished in a single generation if we simply raise taxes to 100%. If nobody earns anything then that will stimulate innovation and creativity. Nobody will be homeless or hungry or cold or bored or employed."

    You're very cynical. Many of these people are disabled or mentally challenged. And many of them once had jobs that disappeared during the financial fiasco of recent years.

    May you never face what they do every day.

    Or better yet, may you do so so you come to learn what they do face because TRUE enlightenment through personal experience is a wonderful thing, especially for the cynical!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 4, 2013

    It aggravates the snot out of me that one of those wonderful downtown churches didn't volunteer to share their basement with these people to fulfill this ministry.

    That's why I believe in God, and not in religions who often take care of no one but their own upper hierarchy, or at the very least, their own congregations, if those people are lucky - and never take care of anyone else like The Bible tells us all we should do.

    So now the taxpayers have to do so, and that's wrong.

    Praise God these people are doing work to help someone other than themselves. Kudos and many blessings to them.

  • c2129962 Dec 4, 2013

    These people are doing a great job supporting the homeless, but they're not doing enough. Nobody should have to sacrifice their free time in order to have a home, enough hot food to feed as many children as they feel like having and all of the necessary utilities like water, electricity, gas, internet and cell phone.

    Poor people shouldn't be forced to use public transportation like second class citizens--that's discrimination! We need to ensure that everybody is treated equally by giving everybody the access to transportation without forcing them to work for it. Cars, fuel and maintenance are rights!

    All of this can be accomplished in a single generation if we simply raise taxes to 100%. If nobody earns anything then that will stimulate innovation and creativity. Nobody will be homeless or hungry or cold or bored or employed.

  • bill0 Dec 4, 2013

    "But we, as a well and healthy society do owe these humans some form of care."

    OK, but how is just providing food a reasonable form of care? A free meal is a reasonable way to help a down-on-his luck, but otherwise healthy person. However, its a horrible way to "help" someone with mental problems or serious drug additions. It's enabling them to permanently live on the fringe of society.

  • Billy the Kid Dec 4, 2013

    These ministries are doing a great job of keeping themselves relevant by keeping the homeless hungry and poor. That way a regular profit can be made from the donations they receive.

  • Billy the Kid Dec 4, 2013

    "This is good news for those in need. Now the rogue RPD cops will have to find another reason to abuse their government authority and harass those trying to actually help others"

    You might want to talk to the city council about who ordered them to deal with the park feedings.

  • anotherbabyboomer Dec 4, 2013

    I knew of a boy that his relatives would not help him, so he was sleeping in his car. Then it broke down and would not run so he had nowhere to go. He was not an addict, did not touch drugs, alcohol, just poor with a family that did not care. I called the Durham Rescue Mission and they gave him a place to call home, I will always be thankful to them and know that most of us are a few paychecks away from being homeless.

  • BeKind Dec 3, 2013

    Sure, some homeless people choose to live on the streets but it is usually due to some form of mental illness or addiction. They typically are not capable of conforming to structure or rules for one reason or the other. But we, as a well and healthy society do owe these humans some form of care. There are a lot of holes in our social services and mental health organizations where a portion of our population just does not get care, even if it is self-imposed.

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