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Friday, January 21, 2011

Houston Mayor's Response to my e-mail concerning the shut down of the homeless feeding program

A few weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail to the Mayor of Houston giving her my negative opinion of the incident where a soup kitchen feeding the homeless was shut down by the city for not having a permit.  This is the response I received today:

Attached, please find a letter from Mayor Annise D. Parker in response to your email dated January 15, 2011.

Veronica E. Mosley
Legislative and Policy Analyst
Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Relations
O: 832.393.1053
F: 832.393.1084

January 20, 2011
Daniel Taverne SR 15163
Via E-Mail:

Dear Mr. Taverne:

The City of Houston appreciates the Herrings and their desire to feed the
homeless. The City is responsible for the safety of food distributed to the public
and takes that responsibility seriously. It is possible to both feed the homeless and
ensure that the food provided is not contaminated.

After reviewing the existing ordinance, we hope to amend it by February so as to
make it easier for individuals to provide food to the homeless. Additionally, the
Herrings are continuing in their efforts to feed the homeless, working in
cooperation with the Coalition for the Homeless and certified kitchens.
Annise D. Parker
Here's my continuing opinion:  First of all, it is not the City's responsibility to ensure the safe conxumption of "safe" foods in private homes, is it?  I know it's not.  There are no food police shutting down family kitchens because they haven't been properly inspected... at least not yet. 

Now, if the people eating are not paying for the food they are consuming, the City has no business in the private affairs of the couple providing the charitable service.

The city can be helping in an advisory capacity, and should be offering no strings attatched assistance for such endeavors as this.

The City and the Mayor should be ashamed of the policy,  but proud of people like the ones who help out of the goodness of their hearts.

People are capable of policing themselves.  This food shelter had been running for 15 months without City interference or complaints of food illnesses.

Would the city rather have the homeless eating from dumpsters?  There has got to be something wrong with this city to have such a travesty of a policy that it would shut down a food kitchen.

What gives? 

1 comment:

  1. Truth about Star of Hope Cult
    They do not care about the homeless; they do it for the money. Below is what they do to the people that won’t join the cult. When and if you join they lock you down for six weeks and you look for a job when they say you can. They threaten to kick you out on a daily bases if you don’t like you can go to the Salvation Army, which they own to. Star of Hope is responsible for the organized crime theft of tax payer’s grants; they do nothing to help the homeless.
    American terrorist group Star of Hopelessness
    Public humiliation ;) Walk around with zip-lock bags full hygiene, the peace or hope water bottles in a business devilment area. Stand out front in a bull prison in all weather at 7:30 9:00 or till you get a bed ticket in front of incoming 9:00 AM and 5:00 pm traffic. Few places to defecate in the area, library, discover green, the beacon when it’s open. Star of hope won’t let in to defecate so know; it’s under the bridge, your building, car or where they stand)
    Severe weather ;) Rescue or kicked out to stay in the heat or cold because we will not join there cult. Stand in the bull pen out front in the hottest time of the day. I take blood medication that tells me to avoid long periods of sun .the doctor at star of hope changed my meds, even though I did not want that done.
    Loud sounds ;) music at extreme sound, during the wait and forested to sit and standing during ritual acts. •
    Frosted Ritual acts and acutance ;) Rituals acts and acutance; must attend cult, wait in chapel for two hours before rituals acts. Attendance at night, Morning wake up 5:00 am a sit to 7:00 rituals acts. Forested to stand at the reading of the word of god. Daily acts Morning wake up 5:00 am can sleep till 6; 30, the first threats of being kicked out. Wait in chapel or dayroom till 7:00 to 7:30 rituals acts. Pull pin Ritual acts between7:30 till 9:00,
    Food poisoned ;) small portions are bad enough, you my get food poisoned will you stay there and I got it twice. Once went to the hospital. Feed7:30 -8:00am@5:00-5:30 pm Lunch mandatory cult time before you eat 1.and half hours if you eat lunch there. Showers are in between 2:00 4:00pm a must. I know of several people to get food poising from star of hope, as many as 25 in my stay
    Sleep deprivation ;) 9:00 pm -5:00 am wake. 1 hour to get bad and settle in.
    Programmers force people to stand at the reading of the word of god.
    Church/w loud music. 5:00am-7:00 am. 5:00 pm-9:00 pm@ 8:00-9:00 is cult time. 6 hours in chapel.
    TV watches bootleg movies-showers till 5:00pm. 7 hours max of freedom.5 or 6 for most
    Vet’s program, programmers and (rescue) are put through these things if they won’t join star of hope cult.) They don’t care about the homless.9-25-2012 430 am going the bathroom I saw and felt like I was being frosted to stand at the reading of the word of god, that day I saw star of hope as POW camp