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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.

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Count find spike in Hillsborough's homeless population listen

05/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The results of the 2011 Homeless Count are in, and they show Hillsborough’s Homeless population nearly doubled since the 2009 count. But the reason behind the drastic increase is probably not what you think it is.

The collapsed economy is probably a contributing factor for any spike in an area’s homeless population. This time around, there’s something else that drove the number from around 9,500 two years ago to nearly 18,000 this year. Homele...

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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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