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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ...

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Occupy Tampa to leave Voice of Freedom Park soon after Republican convention listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Tampa is winding down its use of a West Tampa park and appears to be agreeing to vacate it by September. The park’s owner, Joe Redner said Occupy Tampa will leave by September 15.

“I talked to them and they said “Sure we will be out of there by the 15th”. It’s not being used by anybody but the homeless people. There’s no Occupy down there.”

Eilzabeth Toms is member of Occupy Tampa and Food Not Bombs, two groups that use Voice of Freedom Park. She said she doesn’t...

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Hillsborough community developing 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness listen

07/27/12 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week the Homeless Coalition and the Corporation for Supportive Housing hosted a gathering of nonprofits and community members. Heather Lyons, the senior program manager with Supportive Housing, said there are options for businesses that want to hire people without homes.

“We heard that there are some tax credits and incentives that are out there. One of the things that we might, that we heard, like, say if you get a thousand doll...

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City council member Bill Jonson and homeless advocate Sarah Snyder weigh in on Clearwater's new laws targeting the homeless

07/20/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Good afternoon and welcome to Last Call, I'm Lisa Marzilli, joined by engineer Alvaro Montealegre. Today we’re going to talk about a set of laws unanimously approved by Clearwater city officials this week that specifically target the homeless. They range from tightening the city’s current ban on panhandling (adding more banned areas and replacing the current punishment of a fine with...

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Some West Tampa residents to Occupy Tampa: Clean up or get out listen

07/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The neighborhood association around the Occupy Tampa encampment wants the group to go. People have been camping in Voice of Freedom Park since December. It’s privately owned which leaves the city and community without many options.

“What happened was, progressively more and more there was more trash and more tents that were junky looking.”

That was Mike Vannetta, president of the [Old West Tampa Neighborhood Association](


Max Rameau A Radical Solution To Homelessness

06/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rb Lorei. Coming up today—homeless activists take matters in their own hands as they build homeless villages and occupy abandoned houses….But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program. tape

Our guest today is Max Rameau. Max Rameau is founder of Take Back the Land We'll be discussing his successes moving homeless families into foreclosed houses and preventing families whose houses have been foreclosed from being evicted. Thi...

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During NBA All-Star Weekend, Occupy Orlando activists call for civil rights and sharing listen

02/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, basketball fans were focused on Orlando, host of the NBA All-Star Game and associated festivities. But the group Occupy Orlando held their own, less flashy, celebration they called “All Share Weekend.” They billed it as a time for community, food, entertainment, art and education … all without the huge price tag of the All-Star Game. Activist Cat Duerr said the march was coordinated with the Florida Civil Rights Association.

“At Occupy Orlando we’re here in so...

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Affordable / workforce housing in Tampa Bay

02/09/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Debra Koehler with Sage Partners was our main guest, speaking about affordable/workforce housing. Mark Hendrickson, former head of the state housing agency and now a private consultant called in from Tallahassee to discuss the Sadowski Trust, which are housing funds composed of local and state revenue from documentary-stamp taxes paid on property sales. While the recession has reduced those sales, and the need for new housing, the funds can still be used to repair and rehabilitate old apartm...

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Plan to end homelessness in Sarasota; What is it like to live in the Holy City of Bethlehem?

12/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we’ll hear about a new plan to end homelessness in Sarasota. And we’ll also go to Bethlehem -- one of the holiest places in Christianity -— where we’ll talk about what the situation is like there just two days before Christmas.

But first a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Iranian American scholar Trita Parsi about the prospects for war with Iran.

First up today — five years ago The ...

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61 homeless men and women died this year in Hillsborough - a memorial is held in their honor listen

12/22/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sixty-one men and women without homes died this year in Hillsborough County. Wednesday night The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County held a memorial during the Homeless Persons’ Annual Interfaith Memorial Service.

In downtown Tampa’s Joe Chillura Courthouse Square a li...

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