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Homeless feeders banned from Pa. courthouse lot

September 22, 2013
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Groups that volunteer to feed homeless people in Pennsylvania's state capital are being banned from lots near the county courthouse and administration building because of complaints about public urination, defecation and other problems. ( ) reports Dauphin County officials have told the volunteers to move on.

Deputy Chief Clerk Scott Burford says Citizens Bank, which rents space from the county, has complained about its ATM kiosk being turned into a "Port-A-John" and says its workers have been harassed and heckled by homeless people.

Burford says the county has a "duty to react" and denies claims by some homeless advocates that the ban is meant to prompt arrests of homeless people.

He says the county is seeking the "least invasive" solution and that, "We don't want to see anybody put in jail."


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