Akron bans church benevolence

by

comment
Last Thursday, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless held its annual meeting at the Franklin Circle Church. Aside from handing out its usual advocacy awards, the group also decided to give out its first Roadblock of the Year award ever. The lucky honoree: The City of Akron. Spokesman Brian Davis says Akron earned its distinction by passing one of the toughest pandhandling laws in the country last year, which ban begging in front of churches. "Churches are also traditionally where social justice is preached," Davis says. "It's part of the homily to go out and do good and help others. But now you just can't do it right in front of your church." Davis also found the new law puzzling, since Akron already requires panhandlers to register with the city. "The registration is tough enough. But to restrict people further from asking for help in front of a place where a minister is telling his [congregation] to help the poor is just wrong." Unfortunately, no one from the City of Akron showed up to receive its plaque, Davis says. They were probably too busy watching Bum Fights 3 (see above). — Denise Grollmus

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.