The City of Malibu, California, has come under fire for telling a Church to stop feeding the homeless community. Malibu United Methodist Church got an email from City officials telling them to cease their outreach operations after
"All parties agreed to gather more information and come back to continue the constructive dialogue after the Thanksgiving holiday,” the city said in a press release. It has been reported that the City believes the food programme is actually "increasing homelessness."
"I think many of them eat out of dumpsters and trash cans when they aren't eating with us," said Kay Gabbard, who also works with the church. "We can't pretend like (homelessness) doesn't exist in our backyard. We can't pretend that it only exists outside Malibu."