Image of hot dogs.

Officials in Holland, Michigan have clamped down on a boy’s efforts to help his family by selling hot dogs.

Nathan Duszynski started his own hot dog business with hopes to provide income for his unemployed parents and alleviate some of their financial strains. But city officials put a stop to the business after determining Duszynski’s pushcart violated downtown zoning restrictions. The cost of maintaining the cart also added complications to the business, according to a report by

Duszynski and his mother, Lynette Johnson who suffers from epilepsy and cannot work, had to check into the Holland homeless shelter after the cart was put on hiatus. Duszynski’s father, Douglas Johnson, could not join them in the shelter because his medications for multiple sclerosis were banned from the establishment. He currently lives in a barn.

A local businessman allowed Duszynski to use the hot dog cart for free of charge, after his father lost his job as a paralegal. But the costs of food, supplies and the permits proved to be very expensive for the family barely breaking even. Still, the boy and his parents say they are trying to find a way to revive the hotdog busines