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Mean it's another sign were living in a regulation nation's 33 years ago Mother Teresa.
-- -- -- program in Miami aimed at feeding the homeless on the streets of Miami but now her charity has faced an un expected legal obstacle local government.
Issued them up a notice of violation.
Why we'll -- equals -- He represented in the sisters with the Missionaries of Charity joins us live from Miami for more and it Tom.
Good morning how are you this morning I'm doing okay although world bother where we're troubled by the fact that the Missionaries of Charity.
Wound up with with this notice from the authorities down in Miami what were they doing wrong.
Well they weren't doing anything wrong for I don't know exactly -- -- but what did the city say.
By the city said that they were feeding the homeless without proper authority.
For proper certificate of use.
In violation of various zoning codes.
That the use had been approved in 1982.
And in the had been continuously.
Serving poorest of the poor in Miami by feeding the homeless and providing shelter.
In a very very dangerous neighborhood -- homeless women with children at night and ended those -- combined with.
The public outcry.
Pain in Miami right error resulted in a very swift turnaround at the city of Miami well it's just an hour here.
Tom it's just extraordinary to hear they have been doing this could work for 33 years they've been feeding the people who -- hungry in Miami.
And this city comes around and it's and -- you don't have -- right permits sorry ladies we're gonna have to shut you down you might even wind up -- In jail like I know that was let's -- just said.
But you had a meeting with the city yesterday and what were you able to work out.
Well I have to say this is a great victory for the city of Miami.
As a city as -- people.
What is happened is is the powerful influences that we're trying to push these nuns -- out.
This activity that is so important.
Were backed off and the mayor and the commissioners took charge and made sure that the city government work the way it's supposed to work.
And then and we very quickly resolved with code enforcement.
And understanding that they would withdraw this notice of violation.
And issue all necessary papers to allow.
The sisters of charity to go forward with their good work without interruption without harassment and without threat of criminal prosecution well it's nice that you were able to work that out last night but why do you think some nit -- wind up.
-- have given -- this violation to begin with.
Believe today that the violation was a result of pressure.
As stemming primarily from.
As some of the institutional neighbors that surrounded their mission they didn't -- -- I'm saying I'm on the streets there.
Then that's correct and the problem we have here is is.
Is one that.
Is not the fault of the sisters of charity now -- That -- the area where this mission is it only has institutional neighbors share and two without the primary institutional neighbors are Jackson medical center which is our public hospital.
And the Dade county jail.
Now what the medical center and the -- -- is when they discharge somebody who's homeless.
They discharge him right into that neighborhood and other -- out the door and and left on your own.
Right so I'd just like sisters have been there for 33 years feed the people that it didn't -- -- -- family all right.
Tom exactly what's what a story it's it's great that you were able to to working out for the -- now -- -- -- -- -- wind up in that -- you're just talk about Tom thank you very much for joining us live today from Miami.
You're quite welcome have a good day all right I'm having a better -- here in -- okay.
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