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Homeless man forces question: Is Hillsborough County anti-panhandling ordinance working?

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A homeless man arrested at least 7 times since 2011 for panhandling stirs up the question of whether Hillsborough County panhandling ordinances are truly effective. Hillsborough County increased the limits of its panhandling ordinance to include all public roads in 2011. Previously, it only stretched to county roads. This meant homeless could no longer hold up signs asking for money or goods off roadways anywhere in the county. The goal of the new ordinance was to get people off the…

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6th annual Pinellas County public survey runs through this week

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Pinellas County residents can now weigh in on what they think is good and what can still be improved in the county’s services, programs and priorities. The county’s annual residents survey is available online now through 5 p.m. Friday. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. It asks a series of basic demographic questions including, age, race, sex, income and education level and whether or not the survey-taker is a year-round resident. The survey also asks whether residents…

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Cold weather shelters to open tonight in Pinellas

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According to Pinellas County, shelters will open Monday and Tuesday nights for the area’s homeless to get out of the cold. Temperatures in some areas are expected to drop into the 30s. Most of the shelters between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and provide individuals with a hot meal for both dinner and breakfast. The shelters close for the day at 6 a.m. Shelters for adults include: St. Petersburg Northwest Presbyterian Church 6330 54th Ave. N St. Petersburg, FL  33706 Church…

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What happens to the homeless in Williams Park when the buses go away?

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On a sunny day, the lush green lawn at Williams Park in downtown St. Pete is scattered with people lying on the grass on tattered blankets with garbage bags full of clothes and other belongings propped under heads as pillows. Last Saturday, the scene was different. Heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled through St. Pete most of the day sending the dozens and dozens of people taking up residence in Williams Park scattering to shelter in one of the many bus…

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Boley Centers’ Jingle Bell Run this week set to be a glowing affair

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The Boley Centers’ 33rd Annual Jingle Bell Run is this Wednesday. This year’s run includes 1,500 luminaries, 15 bands, three glow zones, snow, glow in the dark paint, glow necklaces and neon T-shirts. The non-profit expects thousands of runners, joggers and walkers as well as their “four-legged trotters.” The run begins Wednesday at 7:30 at North Shore Pool near downtown St. Pete. Online registration for the run is available through Tuesday. After that participants can still register at the event on…

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Uber honors Veterans Day by offering free rides to service members

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For Veterans Day, ridesharing services Uber will offer free rides to former military service members who need transportation to jobs and job interviews. The program, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, hopes to help with one of the major problems facing veterans, particularly homeless veterans: a lack of transportation. Estimates by the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans put the number of homeless U.S. veterans at 49,000 in 2014, with 68 percent – more than 33,000…

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Tampa group wants to build daytime refuge for homeless

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People who are homeless have a fairly decent array of shelter options available to them in Tampa. For those who truly want it, they can usually find a place to lay their head safely each night. But what most people don’t realize is, they get kicked out of those shelters each and every morning – very early. For the rest of the day, until it’s time to find another bed, there’s not really many places for them to go. And…

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