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$12,000.00 FINE in Dundalk Maryland Church for Allowing People to Camp on Their Grounds

December 27, 2016

The church is being fined illegally because there is  no contract with the people living in back of their church.  These are not “Units,” of housing, nor is there an agreement that  requires a contract.  They are receiving neither rooming nor boarding.

Church facing $12,000 fine for letting homeless people sleep on property

by: Bonnie Kristian, Rare.us Dec 21, 2016

DUNDALK, Md. – Patapsco United Methodist Church is in Dundalk, Maryland, not far from Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay. Sometimes, at night, homeless people with nowhere else to go will sleep on church grounds, taking advantage of the promise of safety that a church often represents.

But in the future, those people may have to find another place to sleep, because the church may be fined out of existence by local government.

 

According to Yahoo News, Rev. Katie Grover found a $12,000 citation attached to a church door  when she went to the church one morning recently.

The citation said that the church had violated a county regulation that prohibits “non-permitted rooming and boarding” and that the church failed to “cease exterior use of property as housing units.” An inspector’s comments noted that “People (were) still living in (the) rear of (the) property under tarped area.”

“We feel, we here as a church, that it’s scriptural mandate, that it’s an imperative to care for the least, the last, the lost, the poor, the hungry,” Grover told WMAR.

Failure to evict the homeless people from the area would require the church to pay the $12,000 county fine, straining the small congregation’s budget, Yahoo reported. The fine grows by $200 each day the church doesn’t comply.

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