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Homelessness fundraiser will ask donors to sleep in boxes listen

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Box Car City, homeless, Family Promise of Greater Brandon, Homelessness

A non-profit nearly four years in the making is raising money this weekend by having donors spend the night in a box this Saturday night at Nativity Catholic Church. Family Promise of Greater Brandon began organizing in 2010 and is about to finally open its doors to families in need next month.

The chapter is an off shoot of a nationwide coalition of faith-based groups that started in New Jersey in 1986. Deborah Humphrey is the board president.

"Basically what happens is you come to t...

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Hillsborough homeless count now includes teens and young adults listen

02/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: homeless, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Sandra Murman, poverty, homeless count, Lesa Weikel

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Volunteers are taking to the streets in Hillsborough throughout Thursday to tally the county

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Veterans in Hillsborough County get Christmas treats from area charities listen

12/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: homeless, Hillsborough County, veterans

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Hillsborough County Veterans were given gifts and lunch in recognition of their service Friday at The Veteran

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Homeless in Tampa get a Day of Dignity listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: homeless, poverty, CAIR, charity

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People living on the streets and some of Tampa

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Pinellas grapples with how to fix homelessness among children listen

12/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County, Pinellas County Schools, homeless, poverty

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More than 3,000 kids in Pinellas County are listed as homeless. A group of government and non-government agencies met Thursday during a Juvenile Welfare Board meeting in Largo to combine resources in hopes of minimizing what is becoming an epidemic among struggling families. And Sarah Snyder, president and CEO of the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, says that staggering number likely only represents elementary students.

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Pinellas officials look to expand county health centers listen

10/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Pinellas County Commission, healthcare, homeless, poverty

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The Pinellas County department of health and community services is recommending the county make some changes to healthcare programs to make preventative care more accessible in high poverty areas.

During a county commission workshop Tuesday agency head Gwendolyn Warren laid out plans that could use shuttered public schools in impoverished neighborhoods to provide comprehensive health services including dental, smoking cessation and mental health.

"It's to our advantage to have a medic...

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Pinellas Sheriff: "I am 100% opposed to red-light cameras" listen

10/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County, red light cameras, guns, Pinellas Safe Harbor, homeless

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Red light cameras are popping up all over the Tampa Bay area, but not in unincorporated Pinellas County. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri explained why.

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Homeless services join forces with early childhood education despite government shutdown listen

10/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Head Start, Metropolitan Ministries, Hillsborough County, homeless, government shutdown

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Homeless families in Tampa now have access to combined services at a West Tampa facility. Metropolitan Ministries which houses families in crisis and Head Start which provides early childhood education started serving families in August. During an official celebration of the newly built facilities opening Friday, Tim Marks, president of Metropolitan Ministries, says the facility can house more than 50 families now, but hopes that number will grow to nearly 100 in the coming years.

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Tampa City Council tightens restrictions on homeless listen

07/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council approved two ordinances Thursday that will tighten restrictions on the city’s homeless population. The decisions make it illegal to panhandle anywhere in downtown and some outlying areas restrict where people can sleep and congregate as well. A handful of homeless individuals, including Corey Williams, pleaded with council members to reject the measures.

“A lot of people automatically assume that if one’s homeless they’re either an alcoholic or a drug addict or if you s...

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Tampa City Council closes in on tougher panhandling laws decried by homeless advocates listen

06/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members took the first step in passing an even tougher panhandling ban than it already has during their meeting Thursday.

Ron Zealand owns Off Site Technology Solutions on North Franklin Street. He said women especially have been accosted by homeless individuals looking for money.

“Some of my employees have concealed weapon permits and they’re using them now because they’re telling me that they’re concerned about their safety in that area.”

One ordinance would ba...

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