‘Sweeping homelessness under the rug.’ Activists say they won’t obey new Miami law
Volunteers help pass out donated clothing and food during an event hosted by The Smile Trust, Inc. in downtown Miami on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. - Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/TNS

MIAMI — Far below the twisting, turning concrete that marks the place where I-95 crosses over the Miami River and connects downtown with the rest of the eastern seaboard, more than two dozen of Miami’s neediest residents await the arrival of a white van filled with the essentials necessary to survive life on the street in the Magic City. A group of volunteers stand among the crowd, coaxing them to form a line while fielding questions about shoe and pants sizes. When the van arrives, it’s not only packed with clothes but also sandwiches, water and pasta — making this unsanctioned homeless outre...