Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Economic homeless" becoming more visible

The population at Pinellas Hope, a "tent city" providing housing for homeless people, includes a growing number of people who have lost their jobs and their homes.

At first most of the clients at the seasonal camp in St. Petersburg were chronic homeless people with histories of mental or substance abuse, said Frank Murphy, spokesman for Catholic Charities. Now about 30 percent of new residents are "economic homeless" – people who recently have lost jobs and homes and have nowhere else to go.

Read the report from News Channel 8 here.


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida said...

Wow - the number of individuals and families losing jobs and homes continues to astound us. We hope that the services offered by organizations like Pinellas Hope and the Coalition will be sufficient for the growing number of people in need.

Thank you for sharing this story; our community needs to be aware of the growing number of "economic homeless."


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