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Haven for the homeless in a church parking lot

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 3:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Churches have long cared for the poor by sharing food, providing shelter and administering medical care and one church in Oregon is adding another service to that list. Moreland Presbyterian Church is the first one of its kind to open church parking spaces to women who are homeless and live in their cars. This will give them a safe place to park and sleep at night.

A church in Oregon wants to open its parking lot to homeless people who are living in their cars, despite concerns from critics that the proposal may lead to increased crime and noise.

Under the proposed Portland/Multnomah County Overnight Sleeping Pilot, up to four cars would be allowed at each parking lot and the host organization must provide access to water, sanitary facilities and trash disposal, KPTV reports.

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