I believe liberals are mostly well meaning people who think they are doing good things. The problem is they want the government to control everything. They think the controls will bring about change for the good, but often the opposite is true. New regulations being imposed in New York may cause many homeless shelters to close.
Religious Shelters Say Rules Squeeze Them Out
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By LESLIE KAUFMAN
Published: December 24, 2008
As temperatures outside were dropping from icy to arctic early Monday evening, volunteers inside the Friends Meeting House off East 15th Street prepared their gym for homeless guests, following a routine that has taken place nightly for more than 25 years.
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Michael Appleton for The New York Times
A warm end to a cold day for one homeless person inside the shelter at the Friends Meeting House in Manhattan.
They arranged green cots in neat lines on the polished wood floor, placed cold cuts and leftover lasagna on pink cloth-covered tables, and set out 14 chairs — 12 for the homeless, 2 for volunteers who share the communal meal, then sleep in the next room.
But these lovingly preserved rituals may soon come to an end because of a pending change in city policy in which shelters that contract with the Department of Homeless Services to provide beds would be required to provide hot dinners and transportation, things that the Friends shelter and many of the others do not have the staff to handle. Full story here.