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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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Washington's battle against America's veterans

02/18/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll look at the way returning veterans from Iraq are being treated by our government.

But first several listener comments about yesterday’s debate over the Employee Free Choice Act between a spokesperson for the Florida AFL-CIO and the President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Our guest today is Aaron Glantz, he is the author of the new book *The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America...

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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition doing more with less listen

01/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The head of the Coalition for the Homeless in Hillsborough County says his organization is trying to do more with less this year.

Rayme Nuckles told the Tampa City Council that when the Coalition does its annual count of the homeless next month, he expects to have a higher count than a year ago. And, he says the organization will be doing the count with fewer dollars.

Nuckles said he has great hopes for the economic stimulus package that passed the House of Representatives Wednesday nig...

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Hillsborough to count homeless population next month listen

01/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next month, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County will be conducting its annual count of the homeless.

From 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 26, the Coalition will be going through the county. According to Lesa Weikel, community relations manager for the Coalition, they’re going to need lots of volunteers.

Additionally, at least 10,000 pairs of new socks and ponchos are needed to be handed out to the homeless during the count.

Last week, the Homelessness Research Institute of the...

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Discussion on criminalization of the mentally ill

01/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me while I was away. Our guest today is Florida Southern College Professor Risdon Slate who has co-written a new book with Wesley Johnson called The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Florida.

According to our guest: "In 1955, there were over 559,000 residents in state (mental) hospitals in the United States. Today there are less than 60,000 residents…… Where has some of ...

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Violence against the homeless on the rise in Pinellas listen

12/29/08 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The number of homeless people in Pinellas County is increasing and violence against these people is also on the rise. Florida ranks the first in the country for violence against homeless persons, according to the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.

A 60-year old Vietnam War veteran known as Pops sleeps by St. Petersburg City Hall with his son, Daniel. He has been living in the streets for four and a half years and prior to that he was an engineer. “I am a decorated veteran. I spe...

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Memorial service for homeless held at Pinellas Hope listen

12/22/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, over the weekend, several interfaith services were held throughout Pinellas County to honor and remember the homeless who have died throughout the year. In the Pinellas Park area, a ceremony was held on Sunday at Pinellas Hope, a temporary shelter.

Recognizing the growing number of homeless in Pinellas County and the increase in deaths among them, the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless coordinated the 30-minute memorial se...

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Homeless Coalition honors heroes listen

11/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed this National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Today at its annual meeting, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County presented its Homeless Hero Awards.

Homeless Coalition Chief Executive Officer Rayme Nuckles pointed out the Coalition’s accomplishments during the past fiscal year, including its high profile public awareness campaign, [Unexpected Faces, Unexpected Place...

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Athena housing for homeless female veterans listen

10/06/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With women playing a greater role in active-duty military operations, comes an increasing problem of homelessness among women veterans. This morning in Ybor City, a ribbon-cutting ceremony spotlighted a transitional housing program for homeless female veterans.

The Athena program, located in a historic brick building on Columbus Drive, will provide transitional housing to 16 homeless female veterans.

Sara Romeo is CEO of Tampa Crossroads, which organized the Athena program.

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Carolyn Wonderland, her life and music

09/13/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Carolyn Wonderland came into the studio and we talked about her music but also her many activities, especially her community involvement and her time of homelessness.

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