New village to help the homeless in Pinellas County

On 126th Avenue, west of 49th Street, the Catholic Diocese owns land that isn't being used, at least not yet. Full Story
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Kelly from Florida

Spring Hill, FL

#1 Sep 28, 2007
Get a job. I am sick and tired of these people pan-handling for money. Help yourself. This country offers so much, but no one seems to take advantage. So be it. Why spend money on human beings that are not appreciative?
Clyde

Tampa, FL

#3 Oct 21, 2007
I'm concerned about the homeless situation in Pinellas and elsewhere. My way of trying to do something is running a website:
www.homelessamerican.com
I am open to comments and suggestions how this may be of some help.
AEP

Tampa, FL

#4 Oct 21, 2007
"Have you ever noticed how many major nationwide businesses, such as drug stores and convenience stores, don't have any pedestrian access? They will do millions of dollars of business but can't afford even one sidewalk. If you want to enter their business it's necessary to compete for space with the vehicle traffic or climb over a hedge."

No, never a seen store without pedestrian access.
EasysVision Supporter

United States

#6 Oct 29, 2007
The fact of the matter is you judge where you should not Kelly from FL. Many of the homeless in America are not on the streets by choice, but by circumstance-such as Katrina victims or what about how many will be displaced with these fires in CA? There are women who leave abusive relationships and have nowhere to go-no shelters or the shelters are full. You speak harshly, stating that these people should get a job-so give them one. Or a place to live, so they have an actual address to put on that job application and let them use your phone number to get called back on and how about you place money into that little bucket they are waving around and make sure it is enough for them to get a nice suit, shower, good meal-so they can go to that job interview that won't hire them because they have no address, phone number, car and now only the suit you so "kindly" donated the money to purchase. Your "insight" into what the country offers is SEVERLY blinded. It may spend $1400 billion to fund the war in Iraq, but why do still have a homesless problem here-ever wonder? Do you have to worry each month whether to pay for rent, food or get the prescriptions your kid or you needs to live on? Half of these agencies require you to have an address to start with-so what do you tell them-"I live in the park and sleep under the green bench." And when these agencies do help out, it isn't for more than one month, so what happens the next month? Homeless again and "annoying" people like you. Did you know that one of the main "agencies" that offers assistance in FL and nationwide turns down veterans when they ask for help? It is the first question on their application for assistance-Are You A Vet? If you answer yes, they then tell you that they can not help you. Perhaps that is why we have so many homeless vets, eh?
If you are so sick and tired of "these people", then take action to get them off the streets. One man is doing just that in FL. "It's That Easy" & C.S.P.C.(Community Services of Pinellas County)have since 9/11, united over 5400 homeless and displaced. But they can't do it alone-they need the support of others. You should check out their site @ http://www.myspace.com/easysvision and see how this vision could end the problem of homelessness in FL, and America. If you want change or don't like something-then take action!
wow

Palm Harbor, FL

#7 Oct 29, 2007
EasysVision Supporter great response. You summed it all up and I hope that people start to realize just what you said, I worked at my job 7 1/2 yrs to walk in a month ago and get let go for no reason. Now I am a single mother of two with no help from ex husband dead beat piece of &#*& I know have no money for food, car ins, elec, cable, phone, kids needs or the mortage. I apply for jobs everyday but there is no work out there and I don't like to beg so I try to do it on my own but there comes a time in your life when you have to suck it up and realize that this world has gone to hell in a hand basket and there is no help for the fellow americans. As I was turned down for any assistance and there is no reason why but I will find a way maybe I will be out pan handling so I can feed my children. I sure the Government and people unite to take care of us Americans First and foremost as we are what built this country
Clyde

Tampa, FL

#8 Oct 30, 2007
AEP wrote:
"Have you ever noticed how many major nationwide businesses, such as drug stores and convenience stores, don't have any pedestrian access? They will do millions of dollars of business but can't afford even one sidewalk. If you want to enter their business it's necessary to compete for space with the vehicle traffic or climb over a hedge."
No, never a seen store without pedestrian access.
Have you ever heard of Walgreens? If you approach any one of their stores from the street corner you either have to walk a quarter block, walk up the drive, and then walk another quarter block to the entrance, or climb over the shrubbery. Same thing with 7-eleven, and......
Clyde

Tampa, FL

#9 Oct 30, 2007
Has anyone here ever heard of Walgreens? Or maybe 7-eleven? Have you ever walked anywhere? Just try to get to either without walking up the drive together with the traffic. If you have ever actually walked anywhere on your own two feet you know what it's like.
joyce

Murfreesboro, TN

#10 Nov 1, 2007
Kelly from Florida wrote:
Get a job. I am sick and tired of these people pan-handling for money. Help yourself. This country offers so much, but no one seems to take advantage. So be it. Why spend money on human beings that are not appreciative?
shame on you what would God think of you?
joyce

Murfreesboro, TN

#11 Nov 1, 2007
shame oh you are you rich? if you lost your parents and all your family and your home and your job and your friends where would live?
Brenda

Saint Petersburg, FL

#12 Nov 7, 2007
There is no god. Its a fictional character. Period.
concerned american

AOL

#13 Nov 7, 2007
wow wrote:
EasysVision Supporter great response. You summed it all up and I hope that people start to realize just what you said, I worked at my job 7 1/2 yrs to walk in a month ago and get let go for no reason. Now I am a single mother of two with no help from ex husband dead beat piece of &#*& I know have no money for food, car ins, elec, cable, phone, kids needs or the mortage. I apply for jobs everyday but there is no work out there and I don't like to beg so I try to do it on my own but there comes a time in your life when you have to suck it up and realize that this world has gone to hell in a hand basket and there is no help for the fellow americans. As I was turned down for any assistance and there is no reason why but I will find a way maybe I will be out pan handling so I can feed my children. I sure the Government and people unite to take care of us Americans First and foremost as we are what built this country
amen to you , you have inspired me.
fltaz23

United States

#14 Nov 7, 2007
There is a need for assistance for the homeless. But lets not forget, there are some that CHOOSE to be out there. I offered food to a guy one time and he told me he didn't need food, he needed money. So I took my meek donation down the road and found a woman with 2 kids who accepted it graciously. I have tried to help people when I see them homeless, cuz I was there once. Not for long... but I was there. And I learned alot about people. Good and bad. I used to take "baths and wash my hair" in a gas station bathroom so that I could continue to look for work that would get me off the streets. Now days... if you aren't buying something in the store, you cannot use their restrooms. So there does need to be more agencies that offer assistance. There have been stories in the paper about people with multiple children living in the tents as they could not come up with first, last and a security deposit to move into a 1 bedroom efficiency. This is where the govt and other agencies need to step in and offer assistance. They are coming up with some money to try to make it, but can't afford to get into a place. It is sad. But when you have multiple children that are willing to call a one br efficiency home.. you know that there is love.* one of the good things I learned about people*. But when you are looking at 600-750 a month for a very small apt, it is hard to come up with almost 2500-3000 dollars to move in. With all the first,last,security and deposits to get water and electricity turned on... there is nothing these people can do until they live on the streets for a few months to raise enough cash to get into a place. They have opened a new Salvation Army in Clearwater, FL but from what I see, they are only there to serve the correctional facility ( new prison releasees for parole and probation). There is a building in the back that I am hoping is helping the less fortunate, but you never see any kids on the new playground equipment, or any people at that end of the "campus". All the traffic is up at the correctional building. Which is scary to the citizens of Clwtr that live nearby. Suddenly homes are on the market and not moving.... by the dozens. People are walking away from their dreams of homeownership as they cannot afford the taxes and insurance. It is getting worse every day. So before everyone starts slamming people.. take a look out there. I personally know people who stand at the corner of busy intersections with a sign of Homeless... hungry... help...etc. And sometimes when you look a little closer, you can distinguish who is genuinely in need and those that are not. When you stand out there with a $200 pair of tennis shoes, clean clothes, freshly shaven and showered... kinda hard to believe your sign. As I mentioned... I knew a person who stood out there by choice... and would collect 3-400.00 per day, and then walk 3 blocks and get into his sports car and drive home to the swanky part of town. Yes... lowlifes. So some people who have experienced THIS side of it... are a little cold and hard on the others who really are NOT out there by choice. So when you see a vet, or someone really down on their luck... and you can usually tell as they have their worldly possessions in a sack or bag... be nice. help them out.. If you feel nervous giving money as you think they will go buy booze, then pick up a few 10.00 gift cards the next time you go to a restuarant or fast food place... and give them a helping hand. But don't always look with your eyes... look with your heart. You will see the difference.
Bill

Palmetto, FL

#15 Dec 14, 2007
fltaz basically nailed it...The problem isn't that honest people that need help cannot get it, just that scumbags that are leaches are stealing the resources available to the truly homeless person. Every "real"homeless person I've met has been a honorable person, eager to pull themselves out of the rut...yet the resources to help are being so stretched due to the worthless scum who try to capitalize on the plight. Most people really care, we're just tired of the worthless "bums" who claim to be homeless in order to avoid getting a real job like the rest of us poor taxpayers. Nobody enjoys giving 25% of their income to the stupid government. The homeless need to seperate themselves from the crap that trys to emulate their plight to capitalize on the situation.
barbara

Tampa, FL

#16 Dec 15, 2007
Kelly from Florida wrote:
Get a job. I am sick and tired of these people pan-handling for money. Help yourself. This country offers so much, but no one seems to take advantage. So be it. Why spend money on human beings that are not appreciative?
Most people are not homless by choice ! Alot like me are 1 pay ckeck away from the same fate. My husband got sick can't work for 2 years now I am raising a teenage grandson and my ckeck doesn't strech all that far we don't qualify for assistance because I do work. It's a catch 22. Thank your lucky stars you do have a job you fortunate. As you age they wont hire you or if you are to young they wont either. Stop blaming people for somthing out of their control.Hopefuly you never have to suffer the problems alot of regular people do!
Janel

Orlando, FL

#17 Jan 15, 2008
Kelly from Florida wrote:
Get a job. I am sick and tired of these people pan-handling for money. Help yourself. This country offers so much, but no one seems to take advantage. So be it. Why spend money on human beings that are not appreciative?
Just to let you know, I am homeless. I have a job and am about to acquire another. I am a single mom with 2 kids. It is not easy working paycheck to paycheck trying to pay for rent at a motel and food when making minimum wage. I can't save anything because it all goes to rent and food. Which by the way, my kids and myself are basically starving. And this is because there is a lack of affordable housing and food costs are outrageous. So, before you stereotype homeless people, you might actually try going to a couple of homeless and asking some questions as to why and how they got there.
AEP

Tampa, FL

#18 Jan 15, 2008
Janel wrote:
<quoted text>
Just to let you know, I am homeless. I have a job and am about to acquire another. I am a single mom with 2 kids. It is not easy working paycheck to paycheck trying to pay for rent at a motel and food when making minimum wage. I can't save anything because it all goes to rent and food. Which by the way, my kids and myself are basically starving. And this is because there is a lack of affordable housing and food costs are outrageous. So, before you stereotype homeless people, you might actually try going to a couple of homeless and asking some questions as to why and how they got there.
No, It's not easy, but who is responsible for your being in your situation?

Whose fault is that you have to work a minimum wage job?

Whose fault is it that you had two kids without having the the job skills/income to support them?

Gerry

Tampa, FL

#19 Jan 15, 2008
AEP couldn't have said it any better
Mr President

New York, NY

#20 Jan 15, 2008
Instead of using our taxes to benefit illegals we should use it on our citizens offering home and job opportunities,and if they want a green card ship em to Irak or Afghanistan and bring our boys back
AEP

Tampa, FL

#21 Jan 15, 2008
Mr President wrote:
Instead of using our taxes to benefit illegals we should use it on our citizens offering home and job opportunities,and if they want a green card ship em to Irak or Afghanistan and bring our boys back
You have never served a day in the military, have you Mr President?
Riddler

New York, NY

#22 Jan 15, 2008
AEP looks like you always criticize each ones comments,dont you agree with Mr President to ship illegals

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