[Hpn] Judge allows HOMELESS VOICE vendors back in Hallandale Beach FL USA (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Wed, 14 Feb 2001 09:09:32 -0800 (PST)

Does it help "homeless people as a class" to "permit street newspaper vending" but "prohibit panhandling"? http://www.herald.com/content/today/news/broward/digdocs/054195.htm FWD Miami Herald - Wednesday, February 14, 2001 JUDGE ALLOWS HOMELESS VENDORS BACK IN HOLLANDALE BY GRIFF WITTE Vendors of the Homeless Voice will be back on the streets in Hallandale Beach today after a federal judge allowed them to return to work pending the result of a lawsuit. The vendors -- dressed in their trademark orange hats and shirts -- had been kept out of the city for more than a year because of a city ordinance limiting solicitation. But Homeless Voice founder Sean Cononie filed suit last week, claiming the ordinance does not apply to his vendors because they are selling a product, not soliciting. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Norman Roettger ruled that Homeless Voice vendors can return to the city's streets at least until he begins hearing the case in March. Cononie said he hopes the Hallandale Beach lawsuit will be the first in a series of suits against other South Florida cities that have tried to limit his vendors, including Aventura and Weston. Last week, Aventura passed a strict ordinance that keeps vendors off the city's busiest intersections. Proceeds from the sale of the Homeless Voice go to Cononie's Helping People in America shelter, and Cononie alleges in his suit that the shelter has lost more than $75,000 because of Hallandale Beach's prohibition. The shelter, which has run into problems with its neighbors at 2707 Lincoln St., is seeking to move into a cluster of buildings just south of Taft Street along Dixie Highway. On Tuesday evening, Hollywood's Human and Homeless Services Advisory Board approved conditions that could allow the shelter to open in the new location. The board's recommendations will go to the Hollywood City Commission, which will determine whether portions of the property should be rezoned to allow a homeless shelter. The shelter also must have a special exception from the city's Board of Adjustments and Appeals before it can open. The conditions approved Tuesday night by the advisory board are part of that exception. The major point of contention has been the number of beds allowed at the shelter. The board recommended allowing 100 beds when the facility opens. That number could grow to as many as 138 beds within 90 days of opening. But Cononie hopes to have as many as 182 beds, including emergency homeless services and transitional housing. Offering transitional housing allows Cononie's shelter access to a $423,000 federal grant. Cononie is not entirely happy with the conditions, and plans to address his concerns to the commission and the Board of Adjustments. ``Everybody didn't get everything they wanted,'' said Dick Blattner, vice chairman of the board. ``But that's the way the process ends. People give and people take.'' END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************