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Trump just picked worst possible choice to run federal agency for homeless—guy who wants to ban feeding them

12/06/2019 9:30 am ET
He wanted to ban charities from feeding the homeless. Trump wants him to lead federal homeless agency

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As a consultant, Robert Marbut had a plan to deal with homelessness, hunger, and lack of shelter: withdraw these services.

In 2012, in a report for Clearwater, FL, he said the city was too ‘enabling’ towards homeless and hungry people, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and it needed to show them tough love by withdrawing many of its services.

One of his written suggestions was, and this is no exaggeration: “Meanness/Sternness —> Kindness/Love.”

Now Marbut is being picked by President Trump to coordinate the federal government’s response to homelessness, according to The L.A. Times. He would succeed Matthew Doherty at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Marbut is a Texas-based consultant who wants elected officials to stop helping homeless people by ‘enabling’ them as he calls it. He even wanted the city of Clearwater to stop “renegade food” donations from churches and other charitable organizations.

“No one has got out of homelessness just because they got fed,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “That has never happened.”

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is a relatively small agency, according to the L.A. Times, but coordinates programs and money across 19 federal departments.

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