Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A giant step backwards:
Hillsborough commissioners reject tent city plan

Mimi Paez (center) claps after a request for a homeless encampment was turned down.

Photo by
The New York Times

When retirees say they have bought guns to protect themselves from a plan to house the homeless a quarter mile from their neighborhood, Florida politicians pay attention. When 200 people show up at a 9 a.m. meeting, some wearing yellow T-shirts that say “no tent city,” elected officials tend to go along.

That may be the lesson of a 4-to-3 vote Tuesday by the Hillsborough County Commission, which killed a plan from Catholic Charities to create an encampment for the homeless in Tampa.

Read The New York Times report here.


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