Borough orders Catholic church to stop housing homeless

A Catholic church in northern New Jersey has been ordered by the borough of Palisades Park to stop using its basement as a sleeping area for the local homeless.



The demand comes nearly a week after a homeless day laborer was found dead in the basement of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.



The Bergen County Medical Examiner has yet to release a cause of death for the 34-year-old. He was one of approximately six day laborers that the church's pastor, the Rev. Minhyun Cho, took in during a recent cold spell.



Borough administrator David Lorenzo says St. Michael doesn't have the zoning or permits to operate its basement as a residence.



Cho says he's worried others will die if they are forced to sleep on the streets.



The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.



 



 


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