Should Cities Restrict Food to the Homeless?

Sacco, a retired restaurant owner, has routinely shared food with the homeless in public parks in Las Vegas since 2005, and she was cited for violating a city ordinance that prohibits gatherings of 25 people or more in a park without a permit.

In June, the city of Las Vegas and homeless advocates, including Sacco, signed an agreement that would dismiss the lawsuit. It also calls for a change in the ordinance to make it 75 instead of 25 people before a permit is required. The agreement must first be reviewed and finalized by the city council. That's expected to happen sometime in July or August.

In the meantime, Sacco said she continues to serve food to the homeless every Sunday in a local park. "It's my religious belief, my moral belief, my political belief," she said.

Sacco said asking the homeless to find food elsewhere is not feasible.

"Our summer temperatures are about 115," she said. "If you have homeless people living down four or five miles away from the social services, and they have no bus tickets and no money, they're not going to be able to walk all the way to those shelters to eat, or to sleep, or to get social services."

In Gainesville, Kim Justice said she relies on charitable groups to eat and survive. Some of those groups come to the plaza and bring food to the homeless. If this source were cut off, she said, she knows what would happen. She'd go hungry.

And as for the new federal plan to end homelessness, Justice said she isn't sure what to think of it.

"Maybe they can build a shelter for all of us to live in," she said, as she motioned to the roughly 30 homeless people around her in the plaza. When asked if she thinks the government can come through for her, she said, "I hope so. I'm waiting."

ABCNews.com contributor Amy Rigby is a member of the University of Florida ABC News on Campus bureau.

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