[Hpn] Shelter requires clients to sell street newspaper. Your opinion?

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Mon, 1 Jan 2001 15:01:35 -0800 (PST)

A shelter in Hollywood FL "REQUIRES CLIENTS TO DON ORANGE T-SHIRTS AND SELL THE HOMELESS VOICE NEWSPAPER at street corners as part of its fund-raising". Do you support this requirement? Why or why not? http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/daily/detail/0,1136,36000000000151696,00.html FWD Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel / Web-posted: 9:53 p.m. Dec. 29, 2000 HOLLYWOOD SHELTER'S MOVE WOULD COME WITH CONDITIONS, BORAD SAYS By JEFF SHIELDS HOLLYWOOD [FLORIDA USA] -- The Helping People in America shelter will be asked to meet a list of conditions before it moves from its residential neighborhood to an industrial area on Dixie Highway. A special committee overseeing the move of the controversial shelter -- a privately funded organization that eschews the strict controls of traditional social-service providers -- will meet Jan. 9 to finalize a set of requirements to be met before making a recommendation to the City Commission. The shelter and its parent corporation, COSAC Inc., are looking to move from 2707 Lincoln St. to Dixie Highway between Taft and Roosevelt streets. COSAC's relationship with its neighbors has been rocky, and the North Central Hollywood Civic Association wants the shelter gone. While the city supports the shelter's move to Dixie Highway -- still in the North Central Neighborhood -- residents are insisting on written conditions that can be enforced to govern the shelter's operation. Those conditions include building a wall around the new facility, enforcing a curfew on residents, and putting a cap on the number of shelter beds, said Dick Blattner, who chairs the subcommittee of the city's Human and Social Services Advisory board. One of the committee's greatest concerns is that, under current zoning, COSAC could fit about 700 people into the new shelter. COSAC's founder, Sean Cononie, has become the county's largest provider of emergency shelter because he makes a point of rejecting no one. Cononie has bristled at some recommendations, including building the wall and the curfew. He has agreed to the idea that the shelter won't accept walk-up clients, hoping to prevent the sight of the homeless lining up on Dixie Highway for a bed. "Some of those things will have to be ironed out," Cononie said, though he added that the differences were negotiable. COSAC, which requires clients to don orange T-shirts and sell the Homeless Voice newspaper at street corners as part of its fund-raising, has taken in $135,000 so far, needing $800,000 to buy and renovate the buildings that now house Built-In Vacuums, Dixie Lil Apartments and Roosevelt Terrace apartments. Cononie said he was confident the center will have enough money to close on the property June 1. The new shelter would change the way Cononie does business. He has been awarded a $423,000 federal Housing and Urban Development Grant for transitional housing, the first time COSAC would operate with government funding and the oversight that comes with it. Cononie has envisioned a new shelter with about 175 beds, but Blattner said the committee would like to limit it to about 140. The HUD grant would fund 60 beds for transitional housing, which requires its clients to move toward independence. Helping People in America, which provides services and referrals to its clients, does not require them to participate in job training or drug-treatment programs as a prerequisite for staying at the shelter. Part of the new shelter's focus would be on job training. The shelter will require a special zoning exception to move to Dixie Highway, and the subcommittee will advise the City Commission whether it should approve such a measure. Blattner said though no one wants a homeless shelter in their neighborhood, the committee will recommend approval if Cononie complies with its demands. "If he accepts the conditions that we're still working on, and he accepts that the facility will be for transitional housing, then we have to give him the chance to do it," Blattner said. 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.** For constantly updating news coverage by and about homeless people, BOOKMARK HPN "Year 2000" Archives URL below: *********************************************************** 9000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***********************************************************