We disagree with the homeless feeding ordinance as proposed by Miami Commissioner Mark Sarnoff. The ordinance will restrict, deter, and imprison, already responsible social welfare organizations and its individuals from proving food to homeless individuals in need of aid. Furthermore, it unfairly targets a population that depends on food from good samaritans to survive. Do we want to let our city send a message to the world that says "We are trying our best to hide the homelessness problems here"? Petitioners feel this proposed ordinance distracts from the real issues involved in homelessness, misidentifies the problems, and puts the burden of responsibility on the wrong people. Sign the petition and show your opposition to the ordinance.
A draft of the proposed ordinance (which may have since underwent further revisions) and official response from StandUp For Kids can be found at: http://coconutgrovegrapevine.com/feeding-homeless.pdf. SdtandUp For Kids is a federally and state-registered 501(c)(3) organization helping homeless and runaway youth.
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