Saturday, April 26, 2008

St. Pete shelter for homeless to stay open

A temporary shelter and assistance center for homeless people in St. Petersburg that was scheduled to close at the end of the month will remain open through the summer, but on a smaller scale.

With $200,000 from private donors, Pinellas Hope will stay open through Sept. 30. Staff will be reduced to accommodate about 75 residents at a time instead of the 250 who have lived there in the past five months. Since Pinellas Hope opened in December, more than 450 homeless people have found temporary shelter in tents, a safe place to keep their belongings, hot showers and laundry services. They have also been offered help toward more permanent solutions to their situations, including social services, job training, access to substance abuse programs and housing assistance.

Read the Florida Catholic report here. And see previous post here.


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