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Pinellas County Commission gathers facts on affordable housing availability listen

03/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re looking for cheap rent in Tampa Bay, chances are you’re not having in easy time finding it. Today the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners held a workshop today to find answers on how to deal with a lack of affordable housing in the county. Bill Sanchez with the Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation said foreclosures are down nationwide, but not because few homeowners are filing.

It seems that the drop is basically having to do with banks having to refile paperwork t...

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Tampa City Council hears grim homelessness stats, skirts panhandling discussion listen

02/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council may have tabled a controversial proposal to ban panhandling, but the debate has spurred discussion on what causes people to ask for money on street corners. Today the council got a pretty dire picture of homelessness and poverty throughout the city.

Those expecting a spar over panhandling at the city council workshop may have been disappointed. Today, the council sought stats on the homeless and impoverished population as well as things like the number of beds available ...

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Homelessness, panhandling and unemployment

02/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about panhandling, homelessness and unemployment.

Our guest is Sara Romeo with Tampa Crossroads. She is working to insure that female vets are able to access services that will help them remain independent. This employment program was funded by the Dept. of Labor specifically to assist honorably discharge homeless female veterans. But she also works on ending homelessness and will testify this Thursday befor...

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Interview with Tampa Mayoral candidate Rose Ferlita

02/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up next on Radioactivity an interview with Rose Ferlita who is running for mayor of Tampa. Ferlita is a Tampa native. She is by profession a pharmacist- having once owned a local drug store in Seminole Heights, Ferlita now works for a pharmacy in South Tampa.

She served from 1999-2006 as a member of the Tampa City Council and Member of the Hillsborough County Commission from 2006-2010.

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Tampa City Council reverses panhandling decision listen

02/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council reversed course today and voted down an ordinance that would have created a partial ban on panhandling within city limits. Members of the council couldn’t agree on how to tackle an issue many say is one of the recession’s most visible consequences.

Fran Williams, a pastor with Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, plainly stated his views on a panhandling ban that would apply to everyone from curbside beggars to charities and those who hawk newspapers along busy ro...

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Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough tries to get an accurate picture of a very big problem listen

01/28/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, over 300 volunteers assisted with the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County’s biennial homeless count throughout Hillsborough County. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin was embedded with groups of volunteers as they fanned out across the County to conduct the count.

At 4am, the first shift of a dozen volunteers met at Mental Health Care in Seminole Heights, one of several homeless outreach centers participating in the count. Volunteers picked up survey forms, rain ponchos, and pairs...

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Controversial homeless shelter to open in Largo tomorrow listen

01/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow marks the opening of a controversial homeless shelter next to the Pinellas county jail. The shelter will first house those who come on their own, but will soon start forcibly bringing in people caught sleeping in the streets or violating other local laws.

At noon tomorrow, Pinellas Safe Harbor will open its doors to twenty-five homeless men and women who wish to go there. Today in what will be the facility’s designated inebriate area, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster said theyâ€...

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Bill Foster Answers Tough Tiger Bay Questions listen

01/05/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Members met this afternoon in St. Petersburg to hear from St. Pete’s Mayor, Bill Foster. Foster answered questions from the audience about important topics affecting the city.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster is beginning his second year in office after his first was marked with varied approval from the community. Tiger Bay member Darryl Paulson introduced Foster to an anxious crowd to give him an opportunity to answer to his mixed review.

"Now, who is Bill ...

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Mayor addresses homeless shelter, domestic violence, during monthly breakfast listen

12/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today marked the final 2010 edition of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s monthly mayor’s breakfast. Turnout was low, but a few perennial topics came up as the mayor made his rounds.

Maybe it was the chilly air, or that the event was scheduled so close to a major holiday. Today only about six people showed up to the December mayor’s breakfast, which took place at the Twisted Cork on 34th Street North. The mayor stopped for a long chat at every occupied table, and said this kind of se...

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More than a hundred turn out to support homeless on Human Rights Day listen

12/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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December 10 is known internationally as Human Rights Day. In St. Petersburg Friday, more than 100 people rallied in front of City Hall to urge those inside to rethink the way they treat the city’s homeless. Homeless advocates say it’s a matter of basic human rights.

"What do we want? Housing! When do we want it? Now!"

At around 4 on a frigid Friday afternoon, the crowd, diverse in age and background, assembles at 4th Avenue and 14th Street North. They walk nine blocks east and regr...

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