Sacramento Officials May Allow Church's Outreach to the Homeless to Continue

A California legal group suggests that officials shouldn't "bite the hands that feed the homeless."

After threatening to shut it down, Sacramento officials may allow a church's outreach to the homeless to continue.

For more than two years, Real Life Church in the Natomas area of Sacramento has fed the homeless in Discovery Park every Wednesday. But last year, park rangers told the group that they would need "special events" permits and a food inspection to continue that ministry.

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) president Brad Dacus explains that since those permits are only allowed four times a year, the church's weekly potlucks would have to end.

"Ministry to the poor has been a part of the Judeo-Christian tradition for thousands of years," he points out. "Both the Constitution and common sense demand that local officials work with -- not against -- those who reach out to the destitute."

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Becky Yeh
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