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Iowa breakfast ministry closes amid financial issues

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DAVENPORT (AP) -

A Davenport ministry that had an extended fight with the city over its efforts to feed and assist homeless people has closed because of unexpected bills.

The Quad-City Times reports that Timothy's House of Hope closed Thursday after operating for nearly nine years.

Timothy's is a ministry of Compassion Church.

Ministry founder and Pastor Jim Swope says the closure is influenced by about $8,000 in winter utility bills as well as last year's legal battle.

The city decided in April 2017 that zoning rules didn't allow for food to be served at the location.

The city attorney determined in May that the meals fell underneath normal church activities and was allowed under existing zoning.

The church sued the city in August over the brief shutdown and was awarded $33,500.

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