Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gainesville's homeless services center on hold again

Gainesville commissioners voted to rezone a warehouse to allow a homeless services center, which would provide meals, counseling, job training, housing assistance, showers and limited medical services.

But they also seemed to be in agreement that the warehouse isn't the best location for the center and directed the city attorney to "go slow" with the next step of the process, which is drafting an ordinance for the land use, while the city considers alternative locations.

The one-stop center is the top priority in the city and county 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the past three years, the project has met repeated delays, mostly involving the selection of a site.

Read the Gainesville Sun article here.


At 9:28 PM, Anonymous michael said...

Isn't it amazing how bueaucrats are always complaining about doing something about reducing the numbers of homeless, but they are also the first to stonewall against any genuine progress toward that end?

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

Seems to me that instead of running in another direction evertime someone -- anyone -- says, "Not in my backyard," they ought to be working on educating people about homelessness.

In Orlando, government officials have stated over and over that crime accompanies the downtown food-sharing events. But a closer look shows that the days with food-sharings actually have less crime.

Even though the reality is that feeding hungry people reduces crime, government officials continue to fan the flames of fear of the homeless.

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Donald said...

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