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Homeless population dismayed as food sharing restrictions continue listen

07/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The slumping economy has cost many people their jobs, and some their homes. As the rising homeless population remains a major concern, a report released today says many cities across the U.S. are blocking those who want to help feed those in need.

The report authored by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty shows that nearly two dozen communities nationwide have created ordinances and policies that put restrictions on food sharing. They cited seven cities in Florida – in...

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Changing the face of homelessness

03/11/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. Coming up we'll hear about efforts to change the stereotype of who is homeless and we'll also hear from a physician who is part of a group that would like to outlaw nuclear weapons. But first, some listener comments about yesterday's interview with Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala about proposed budget cuts in Pinellas County.

The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County has started a campaign to change the perception o...

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At Tiger Bay Bill Foster addresses chase policy, BayWalk, budget listen

02/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the St. Petersburg city administration and police department suggested loosening the city’s police chase policy. A new policy would allow police vehicles to pursue some fleeing car thieves and burglars. It was the first subject residents wanted to hear about at Tuesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting featuring St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

*The slight modifi...

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Honors students bring sex, gender and race to the Globe listen

12/11/09 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night, a group of USF St. Petersburg honors students held a free community event at the Globe Coffee Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg. The purpose was to discuss how language oppresses people of different races, genders and sexualities.

Homelessness, violence against sex workers, discrimination against men in family court – those were just a few of the topics students chose to discuss for their final course projects. Professor Jill McKracken let her students name the course and t...

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Metropolitan Ministries Sees Significant Drop in Donations listen

11/25/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Each Thanksgiving, Metropolitan Ministries distributes Thanksgiving food packages to thousands of Tampa Bay residents in need. This year, amid the throes of the worst financial crisis in recent history, they’re seeing more dire need than ever exacerbated by a major drop in donations.

As volunteers sort through boxes of spaghetti, stuffing and Jell-O, the line outside the Metropolitan Ministries food distribution center on Florida Avenue is strikingly long. People wait for what the nonpro...

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St. Pete's homeless protest Mayor Baker's farewell party listen

11/09/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday night, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker was given a farewell celebration at Demens Park, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. The event was protested by homeless activists who believe that Mayor Baker’s record deserves scrutiny for his mistreatment of the homeless population.

A small bridge and a waterway separated the attendees of Mayor Baker’s farewell party from the homeless protesters outside. Tickets for the farewell celebration ranged from $125 up to $10,0...

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Hillsborough County Commission Considers Homeless Shelter at Abandoned Mall listen

10/21/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to explore the possibility converting the site of the now-defunct Floriland Mall into a homeless shelter.

Commissioner Kevin White cited the county’s desperate need for such a facility as a major reason for placing the item on the morning’s agenda.

The site is located at Florida Avenue and Busch Boulevard. County offices once occupied part of the building, but much of that space is now vacant due to cutbacks. Propone...

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The Fight Against Poverty and Homelessness

09/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll speak with Rev. Bruce Wright who is a minister in St. Petersburg. He's active on homeless issues and this weekend he's planning to travel to the G-20 Summit meeting in Pittsburgh. Wright says among the people traveling with him will be several members of the local homeless community.

FMI 727-278-1547; http://www.economichumanrights.org; http://www.bailoutthepeople.org;

bgcwright@aol.com

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Homeless veterans and others receive services and health care in Hyde Park listen

08/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, members of the homeless community in Tampa received services, toiletries, clothing, and basic health care at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church.

The fair is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County.

Patrick Conway currently resides in the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans, or DCHV, in Tampa. He says it’s a great alternative to living on the streets.

The DCHV where Conway resides ...

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Ranks of homeless in Pinellas swell listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A report says that homelessness in Pinellas County has risen by 20 percent since 2007.

The Pinellas Coalition for the Homeless announced that a total of 6,235 are homeless, after conducting a count in the last week of January. And the report show a 100 percent increase in homeless children.

Sarah Synder is the executive director of the Pinellas County Coalition of the Homeless. She says the bad economy is the #1 factor in the increase.

Meanwhile, there will be a benefit for a Pinell...

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