A List Of South Florida's Regulations On Homelessness

Nov 12, 2014

Fort Lauderdale has come under fire for arresting a 90-year-old man who was feeding the homeless after the city passed tougher regulations on how outdoor “feedings” can be held.

The new restrictions are just part of a series of changes that have affected South Florida homeless individuals’ lifestyle: sleeping, using the restroom, storing belongings, and asking for money. A national report published earlier this year by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found a general trend toward what it calls "criminalizing the homeless," and criticized the laws of some areas in Florida.  

Many of these changes are said to be made in the spirit of public safety, cleanliness, and revitalization. Homeless advocates, though, say they are part of a larger war on homelessness.

Click the link to the left to explore an interactive explaining some of the most recent homeless regulations
Credit WLRN

Several more laws limiting homeless individuals’ freedom have passed within the past year. Here are some of them


Palm Beach County

  • County refuses to serve non-residents
  • Lake Worth bans panhandling

Broward County

  • Fort Lauderdale bans panhandling on busy streets
  • Fort Lauderdale bans sleeping on public property
  • Fort Lauderdale bans feeding the homeless
  • Fort Lauderdale bans urinating or defecating outside
  • Fort Lauderdale bans leaving belongings on public property
  • Hollywood bans panhandling on busy streets
  • Hollywood pushes out homeless shelter

Monroe County

  • Key West can’t find home for existing shelter

Miami-Dade County

  • Dade County reduces historic protections of “life-sustaining” activities