Church says it is being fined $12,000 for being a ‘place of refuge’ for homeless

DUNDALK, Md. – A church in Maryland is being fined thousands of dollars for ‘being a place of refuge.’

Rev. Katie Grover, of the Patapsco United Methodist Church, told WBFF that a few homeless people have been sleeping outside the church when they have nowhere else to go at night.

However, neighbors complained to the city saying that urine has been dumped on their property and is killing their plants.

Now, the city has fined the church $12,000 for “non-permitted rooming and boarding house.”

“This is the business that we conduct carrying for the least, the last and the lost, and the best we can do right now is let them take refuge. I had one woman say this is the only place she felt safe to lay her head down to sleep at night because she has no place else to go. It’s an issue with no real good solution, but we as a church believe that Christ has called us to serve the least, the last, and the lost,” Grover said.