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Raleigh committee recommends feeding downtown homeless at warehouse

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The Raleigh Public Safety Committee on Tuesday afternoon approved a temporary place to feed the homeless in a warehouse near Moore Square.

The full council must approve the recommendation at its next meeting in early December. The facility would only be open two-to-three years until a permanent solution is found.

The expected cost is $110,000. The city will ask for public donations to help fix up the warehouse. And a new task force will be created to find a permanent solution.

For years groups have served meals to downtown Raleigh's homeless at Moore Square Park, a common place where many gather. But in August, Raleigh Police threatened those organizations with arrest if they continued to distribute food in the park.

The officers cited a decades old city ordinance that bans the distribution of food on city owned property, in a public park or on the sidewalk without a permit.

Following a public outcry, as well as unwanted attention in national media, City Council directed Raleigh Police not to enforce the ordinance. The city is also waiving the permit fee for groups that feed the homeless while City Council works to find a long-term solution.

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