LOS ANGELES– 27 Years after the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition began feeding people in a county that has one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, members of the Los Angeles City Council have decided to ban the feeding of the homeless in public spaces.
“They show up at dusk and wander the streets. Sometimes they block the bike lanes with their wheelchairs. It has become a major problem,” said LA native Janet Baker.
Every night at 6:30 p.m., more than 100 homeless people line up at a barren corner in Hollywood, drawn by free meals handed out from the back of a truck by volunteers.
“If you give out free food on the street, you get hundreds of people who stay alive, and they begin to squat,” said resident Wyatt Hanes. “It’s ridiculous. I’m trying to watch the Walking Dead and now I have to wonder if there is some homeless dude with a chimichanga watching through the blinds.”
Jerry Jones, the coalition’s executive director, commented on the matter saying that “this is an attempt to make difficult problems disappear, it’s both callous and ineffective.”