Friday, January 05, 2007

There's another way ...

Confronted with a tent city of homeless people, St. Petersburg has taken a different approach than Orlando.

The city has begun a new effort to find a vacant building to use as an emergency shelter and a partner to help run it. "This will be a first for us," said St. Petersburg City Council member Jamie Bennett, who said that he and local government and volunteer groups have made this a priority.

The police reportedly are struggling to balance safety with personal property rights. That means they haven't seized and destroyed people's possessions, as police and sanitation workers have in Orlando.

Hooray for my hometown!

Read the St. Petersburg Times story here.


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