Monday, July 14, 2008

So I guess there are no homeless people in Sanford

Project Homeless Connect has been moved from downtown Sanford to a Longwood church after several people complained the program should not be held at the city’s civic center.

Northland, A Church Distributed, agreed to host the July 30 event.

Last year, more than 350 people attended the Sanford event. About 200 volunteers offered medical services, employment counseling, food, showers, mental health assistance and other help. Because of the change of location, the number of homeless participants is expected to decline this year.

The move was made at the request of the Sanford City Commission, which apparently is less troubled by guns shows than help for those in need. Despite the council's apparent belief that there are no homeless people in town (do they really think we're busing them in?), Sanford is the logical place to hold the event because a significant number of Seminole County’s homeless population live there.

Read the Sanford Herald reports here and here. And check out the forum on this at the Florida Social Justice Network.

And stay tuned: Apparently the Kissimmee Civic Center has backed out, too.


At 1:33 AM, Blogger Anonymous Law Student said...

I heard that Denver is going to be doing everything in its power to keep the homeless out of the spotlight during the Democrats' convention. Have you heard anything about it? I read that they were going to be giving free movie tickets to the homeless and other free stuff to keep them out of sight for a few days. I think it is kind of sickening.


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