By: Doug Delony
Houston’s city council on Wednesday passed new rules for those who wish to serve food to the homeless.
The revised ordinance was passed at the council’s regular weekly meeting.
Under the new regulation, individuals and groups who wish to serve food must get written permission from the property owner on which they’ll be serving.
If an officer finds permission wasn’t granted or documented, a fine of up to $500 can be enforced. If the property is a city park, then the park director has to approve.
In addition, starting July 1, the city is asking food servers to voluntarily register on the city’s website as part of a new charitable program.
The ordinance was revised from a previous widely contested plan
that would have forced food servers to register with the city and take food prep classes.
Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/120404-council-passes-revised-homeless-feeding-ordinance#ixzz1r5vP0Dv5