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the 17th Annual Homeless Marathon sheds light on issues facing the nation's homeless

02/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Jeremy Alderson, Homeless Marathon, Homelessness


Today we talk with Jeremy Alderson, founder of the Homeless Marathon, an annual radio program that tells the stories of America's homeless in their own voices. Alderson talks about the many misconceptions and issues facing the homeless today. The Marathon will air its 17th annual program from Sarasota this year starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17th until 9 a.m. the next day. Over 90 community radio stations will be broadcasting the show and 4 hours will be carried on Directv and Dish network satel...

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Tampa FNB activist ends hunger strike after judge's decision halting Ft. Lauderdale feeding rule listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: FNB, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, food not bombs, Dezeray Lyn, Homelessness


Tuesday a judge in Broward County issued a temporary ban on citations or arrests for a controversial ordinance that outlawed most public food sharings in Fort Lauderdale; as a result seven people who had been on hunger strike to protest the rules could celebrate with a meal.

Dezeray Lyn is with Tampa Food Not Bombs. On her way to break her hunger strike, she took a few minutes Tuesday afternoon to stop by WMNF and tell us why she was striking and what she thought of the judge’s decision....

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Ft. Lauderdale hunger striker continues to protest city's ban on sharing food in parks listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: hunger, food not bombs, Ft. Lauderdale, Homelessness, feeding bans, sharing food


A woman in south Florida is in the 24th day of a hunger strike protesting the city of Fort Lauderdale’s ban on sharing food in public parks.

We heard briefly last week from Jillian Pim with Food Not Bombs Ft. Lauderdale, when she was about to defy the ban again.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed her by phone about why she was on hunger strike and learned that because there are others hunger striking in solidarity she may end her strike soon because for health reasons.

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Tampa activist undeterred by Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public parks listen

11/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: food not bombs, Homelessness, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jimmy Dunson, hunger, poverty


Activists continue to challenge a Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public; this Friday people plan to defy a new city ordinance and feed hungry people in a city park.

WMNF interviewed Jimmy Dunson with Food Not Bombs Tampa. He was cited for sharing food in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday and intends to go back there to feed people this Friday as well.

“Actually, there’s quite a few ordinances. The number one that’s getting all...

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Invisible Innocence - Homeless Teens listen

04/09/14 Warren Elly with Maria Fabian and Kathy Wiggins
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: maria fabian, kathy wiggins, Warren Elly, Homelessness, unaccompanied homeless youth


Today on Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with author Maria Fabian about her new book, Invisible Innocence which examines child homelessness. We’re told there are about 1.7 million homeless teenagers in America. Half the young people in shelters say their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care. Some reports have it that an average of 13 youth die every day on the streets.

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Homelessness fundraiser will ask donors to sleep in boxes listen

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Box Car City, homeless, Family Promise of Greater Brandon, Homelessness

A non-profit nearly four years in the making is raising money this weekend by having donors spend the night in a box this Saturday night at Nativity Catholic Church. Family Promise of Greater Brandon began organizing in 2010 and is about to finally open its doors to families in need next month.

The chapter is an off shoot of a nationwide coalition of faith-based groups that started in New Jersey in 1986. Deborah Humphrey is the board president.

"Basically what happens is you come to t...

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Homeless Hits listen

12/19/13 Warren Elly with Maria Barcus and Dan MacDonald
Last Call Wednesday

Tags: Homelessness, emergency and permanent housing, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative


Today, Last Call discusses homelessness in Tampa Bay and features music hits about poverty. Host, Warren Elly interviews Maria Barcus who was supposed to lead what’s been known till now as the Homeless Coalition in Hillsborough County. The coalition has changed their name and now focus on short term and long term housing. He also speaks with Dan MacDonald of Tampa’s Police Department on Tampa Bay's new efforts to deal with the homeless.

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Pinellas Commission wants landowner to provide relocation assistance to displaced Briarwood RV residents listen

07/09/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 50 low-income residents are worried they are going to lose their homes when the Briarwood RV Park in Largo is redeveloped. Tuesday they took their case to Pinellas County Commissioners, who put off the rezoning decision for 30 days.

Commissioners voted unanimously for the continuance in order to work with the property’s developer to set up a relocation fund. They hope it will help the residents to afford moving and relocating to a new mobile home park. Christine Allamano with Gulf ...

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New Hope for Homeless

06/26/13 Warren Elly with Homeless Coalition CEO Maria Barcus
Last Call Wednesday
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New Hope for Hillsborough's Homeless?

On the eve of tough new legislation from Tampa City Council to ban panhandling in downtown and YBOR city zones, Maria Barcus, newly hired Homeless Coalition CEO, says putting a roof on people's heads is the first step. She also says that in South Florida laws like Tampa's Panhandle Zones actually led directly to a local one cent tax on meals and rooms to finance solutions. Callers ranged from the sympathetic, to those who say foreclosed houses ought t...

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Tampa City Council weighs options on what more to do about panhandling listen

05/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Tampa City Council considered further crackdowns on panhandling.

The discussion was still going on when we went to air.

During public comment in the morning nine people asked council to enact an ordinance putting more limits on when and where people can ask for handouts. Shawn Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, says panhandlers harass students and faculty.

However, two people opposed additional constraints on panhandling. Jon Dengler wo...

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