Friday, February 02, 2007

"We're getting pounced on because
the county is not doing anything"

With mounting fines, unclear direction from building officials and the homeless lining up outside their doors, leaders of Westgate Tabernacle Church had no choice but to illegally operate a homeless shelter in Palm Beach County, Bishop Avis Hill testified.

The church tried to work with the county, he said, but the steps it needed to take were unclear.

Meanwhile, the number of homeless people seeking shelter mounted because the county doesn't have an emergency shelter, he said.

"We're getting pounced on because the county is not doing anything,"
Hill said.

Read the Palm Beach Post report here and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story here.


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Rev. Sherry McGee-Hill said...

Miami/Dade and Broward Counties have very large homeless shelters. Why cannot Palm Beach County (PBC) Commissioners, in one of the wealthiest counties in America, finally decide to build a shelter where the PBC School District reports there are over 2,000 homeless children enrolled in their schools? How can the PBC Commissioners continue to report that there are only "3,000 homeless"? Who is deceiving whom?

1st, Last and Security Deposits for the average apartment costs over $1,200 a month, plus utilities. Where may people who have met with some tragedy come up with that type of money in an emergency? Not all homeless people are homeless due to drugs and alcohol.

Palm Beach County needs an emergency shelter ASAP!!! LIVES ARE AT STAKE!


The homeless will always be with us. They are not going to go away simply because this county refuses to build what it took "Tent City" in Broward County to build.


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