homeless http://wlrn.org en Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-may-limit-homeless-ability-urinate-public <p><strong>Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.</strong></p><p>---------------------------------------------</p><p>How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:57:50 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30850 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs http://wlrn.org/post/30-million-miami-dade-homeless-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.</span></p><p>The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.</p><p>The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:13 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30776 at http://wlrn.org $30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passersby http://wlrn.org/post/britto-meters-still-confuse-drivers-passersby <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony </span>Rolle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.</span></p><p>Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:45:18 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29114 at http://wlrn.org Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passersby It's Done: Changes To Pottinger Settlement Approved http://wlrn.org/post/its-done-changes-pottinger-settlement-approved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Protecting the rights of Miami's Homeless since 1998, Federal Judge Federico Moreno has approved changes to the </span>Pottinger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> settlement. The revisions were reached through mediation between the city of Miami and the ACLU.</span></p><p>Moreno commented before giving his final ruling that this was a different type of class-action suit because it was not about money. Instead, the question at stake is "how do we help people also also help the community grow," he said.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:17:13 +0000 Wilson Sayre 28577 at http://wlrn.org It's Done: Changes To Pottinger Settlement Approved Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015? http://wlrn.org/post/eliminating-chronic-homelessness-miami-2015 <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 28473 at http://wlrn.org Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015? Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado May Have Mixed Up His Numbers http://wlrn.org/post/miami-mayor-tom-s-regalado-may-have-mixed-his-numbers <p>In our <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/miami-mayor-tom-s-regalado-responds-your-ideas" target="_blank">If I Were Mayor interview with Miami Mayor Tomá<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Regalado</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we asked him a few questions about the state of homelessness in the area. </span></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:48:31 +0000 Wilson Sayre 28253 at http://wlrn.org Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado May Have Mixed Up His Numbers Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-homeless-count-tallies-350-more-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a night-long count a few weeks ago, Miami-Dade County has just released the newest numbers. In total, 4,156 homeless people live in Miami-Dade County. Eight-hundred and forty people are living on the street, about the same as previous counts.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:42:14 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27691 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year City Of Miami Approves Changes To Homeless Protections http://wlrn.org/post/city-miami-approves-changes-homeless-protections <p>Behind closed doors on Wednesday, the Miami City Commission approved major changes to the Pottinger settlement.<br /><br />The historic court agreement has protected the rights of Miami’s homeless since it first went into effect in 1998. The original Pottinger agreement protected what’s called "life sustaining activities" like sleeping on the street, lighting fires for cooking and urinating in public — all without being arrested.<br /> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:53:47 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26286 at http://wlrn.org City Of Miami Approves Changes To Homeless Protections Who Is Winning The War On Poverty? http://wlrn.org/post/who-winning-war-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Jan. 8 marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of former President Lyndon B. Johnson's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Poverty" target="_blank">War on Poverty</a>, which left a checkered legacy after 1960s policies to combat growing poverty. We thought this marked an appropriate time to take stock of how local communities are doing.</span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:42:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26135 at http://wlrn.org Who Is Winning The War On Poverty? For Homeless Students, College Enrollment Means A Roof Over Their Heads http://wlrn.org/post/homeless-students-college-enrollment-means-roof-over-their-heads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is college-application season, which means high-school seniors across the country are scrambling to write personal statements, list all their extracurricular activities and take the SATs. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sierra </span>DuBose<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of those seniors, enrolled at Miami Edison Senior High, but she is also one of almost 7,000 kids in the Miami-Dade public-school system who are homeless. That's about 2 percent of the student population.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:19:46 +0000 Wilson Sayre 25156 at http://wlrn.org For Homeless Students, College Enrollment Means A Roof Over Their Heads Students Create Blueprints For The Homeless' Future http://wlrn.org/post/students-create-blueprints-homeless-future <p>In observation of Homeless Awareness Week, students at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) have created models of possible living solutions for the homeless.</p><p>Each student in Eric Hankin’s architecture class designed a small apartment plan that had to include all the necessities of a regular apartment.</p><p>On Thursday, the students presented their models to professional architects for judging and feedback.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The students were judged based on the creativity, feasibility and presentation of their design.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:49:59 +0000 Wilson Sayre 24053 at http://wlrn.org Students Create Blueprints For The Homeless' Future Miami Celebrates Homeless Awareness Day With Rallies http://wlrn.org/post/miami-celebrates-homeless-awareness-day-rallies <p>Nov. 14 is Homeless Awareness Day in Miami-Dade County.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the event's fifth year, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HOMELESSTRUST" target="_blank">the Homeless Trust</a> is putting on Homeless Awareness Day rallies aimed at publicizing the homeless' plight, as well as celebrating individuals who have dedicated themselves to the cause. An opening ceremony honored the Homeless Trust's outreach workers, known as the "green shirts."</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:23:18 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23698 at http://wlrn.org Miami Celebrates Homeless Awareness Day With Rallies City of Miami Seeks 'Tough Love' Approach To Homelessness http://wlrn.org/post/city-miami-seeks-tough-love-approach-homelessness <p><strong>UPDATE 11:15 a.m. Oct. 31:</strong> In the latest development of the City of Miami's request to revisit the <em>Pottinger </em>case, Federal Judge Federico Moreno has <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/502_ORDER_REQUIRING_EVIDENTIARY_HEARING%281%29.pdf" target="_blank">officially called</a> for an evidentiary hearing.&nbsp; This means both sides will present data and witnesses who will attest to whether the landscape for the homeless in Miami has, in fact, changed. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:51:50 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22548 at http://wlrn.org City of Miami Seeks 'Tough Love' Approach To Homelessness How Miami Is Grappling With The Rights Of Homeless People http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-grappling-rights-homeless-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James </span>Lature<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spends much of his time between North West </span>16<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>17<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Streets behind the ACE Hardware store. It’s as close to home as it gets.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Born in South Carolina and raised in Miami, he has spent the last 20 years getting to know the streets of the city by sleeping on them most nights.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:27:10 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22678 at http://wlrn.org How Miami Is Grappling With The Rights Of Homeless People