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article imageCalifornia church that helps homeless may become homeless itself

By KJ Mullins     Jan 17, 2010 in World
The Loveland Church in Victorville, California may be without a home in the first weeks of February. The church is currently renting from National Cinemark who has agreements throughout California with other churches.
On December 30, 2009 after signing a contract for their third year at the cinema the Loveland Church was sent a letter terminating the rental agreement. The church had until January 7 to vacate. City officials gave the church a 30 day extension but those days are counting down fast. The reason is that zoning does not allow for a house of worship to be on movie theater premises.
Loveland Church patrons had been using the cinema on Sunday mornings before noon. The church is known in the community for their work with the homeless.
The irony of the church's situation is that Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the Church about the plight of the homeless just before the rental termination came.
The pacificjustice.org reports:
"As a legal matter, the difference between assembly for purposes of viewing a film and attending a church service are the same," said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. "Federal law does not permit these types of distinctions," Dacus continued.
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