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Three Ways Cities Try (and Fail) to Solve Homelessness

By making it a crime to feed the homeless, cities just hide the problem—and punish both those making an immediate impact and those who have already borne the brunt of a broken system.
Arnold P. Abbott, 90, faces jail time and fines for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale.
Arnold P. Abbott, 90, faces jail time and fines for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale.Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

This story is part of a CityLab series launching this month on the state of homelessness policy in American cities.

Three times now, Arnold Abbott has been cited by the city of Fort Lauderdale for feeding people experiencing homelessness. Three times now, the city of Fort Lauderdale has wound up with egg on its face.