Pinellas shelter sprang from brainstorm
A new homeless facility near the Pinellas County jail has opened its doors for the first 25 people in what officials call a "soft opening."
to reality in less than 90 days
Called Pinellas Safe Harbor, the annex building is expected to become the area's busiest homeless shelter, housing as many as 500 people at a time.
The first residents are volunteers, but eventually the jail will divert those who were arrested for ordinance violations or other crimes that typically involve the homeless.
Read The St. Petersburg Times report here. There's also an editorial praising the cooperation among the criminal justice system, the county, St. Petersburg and other cities.