Olympia homeless feeding program will need permit

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A charity that feeds the homeless in a city-owned parking lot in Olympia will have to get a permit to continue.

The city council passed the requirement at Tuesday night's meeting at City Hall where members of the Crazy Faith Ministries protested.

The Olympian reports members of the group told the council they should be free to peacefully assemble on public land as a constitutional right.

The permit ordinance was drafted because of complaints from downtown businesses about the homeless feeding program.