Dauphin Co. reverses decision to ban homeless from property

Dauphin County has reversed course and has decided to allow charity groups to serve the homeless in the parking lot of its administration building in downtown Harrisburg.

Bethesda Mission was one of those groups. But the Mission has reached an agreement with the county that will enable them to use the grounds to serve the homeless from 9 to 11 on Friday and Saturday nights.

The county is also willing to make arrangements with other ministries that help the homeless.

Bethesda's Chuck Wingate said they are delighted to be back on the county property.

“A lot of people went to a lot of trouble to be able to work out this arrangement so that we could resume services on the county property,” he said.

Wingate said the homeless population in the area has gone up by 40% in the last five years.

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