New village to help the homeless in P...

New village to help the homeless in Pinellas County

There are 73 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Sep 28, 2007, titled New village to help the homeless in Pinellas County. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

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

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Mr President

New York, NY

#23 Jan 15, 2008
AEP Spends hiw whole day on the computer what a loser
AEP

Bradenton, FL

#24 Jan 15, 2008
Riddler and Mr President...the Columbus Ohio Bobbsey twins.
Victor

Pompano Beach, FL

#25 Jan 15, 2008
Janel wrote:
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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.
Janel,

Don't pay any mind to those who would criticize you. What they think is unimportant.They are only displaying their ignorance. One day, when they find themselves needing help,as they no doubt will,I hope that they will remember their callousness.

I don't know how you arrived in this place. I'm sure that it is not something that you wanted for yourself and your children. Many are in similar situations and have arrived there for a multitude of reasons.What is important is that you are making an effort to help yourself. I applaud you for that, I know it's a struggle. I know that it must at times seem hopeless, but it isn't. The interesting thing about life is that it is constantly changing, situations can change. Stay strong and don't be afraid to ask for help, we all need help at one time or another. I will pray that you and your children will work your way out of this situation into a better one, you do the same. Single parents have an incredible responsibility, I don't know if I could do it myself, but I do think that women are incredibly strong and resourceful and have abilities way beyond what they are given credit for. Just keep on doing your best, just one day at a time. I don't know if you belong to a church, but it could be helpful for you and the children. Best of luck and may God bless you and your children.
John

United States

#26 Jan 15, 2008
A lot of people who could have ignored this are putting their money where their mouth is. I am grateful to Mr. Stonecipher and the Catholic Church.

I was once close to Janel's situation. All I can say is it is not so much where you are at but what you are doing. I was no better off than people who were doing nothing, but step by step, I've been okay. I respect you.
hurting

Morristown, TN

#27 Jan 16, 2008
I cannot believe some of the rude comments on here. I am a single mom of 2 & it was NOT my plan to become single. I have an ex-husband who decided he did not want the responsibilities anymore. I've worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs at a time just to be able to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, gas in the car. I am an educated women who happened to fall on hard times. I moved out of state trying to better myself - unfortunately the job I was supposed to have fell thru after I got here. I am having to live in public housing because I'm only working at a minimum wage job. I get $43 in food stamps. When I moved my bills came with me. I have applied for almost every job in the local paper and when I do get an interview, I am usually just one of 80 or so people applying for the same job. I can't imagine that there are many people out there enjoying their "poor" circumstances. I honestly don't expect the government to have to help support me, although I have worked since I was 14 yrs old and have paid my taxes throughout the years. Don't be so rough on people who are unable to see any light at the end of the tunnel
Victor

Pompano Beach, FL

#28 Jan 16, 2008
hurting wrote:
I cannot believe some of the rude comments on here. I am a single mom of 2 & it was NOT my plan to become single. I have an ex-husband who decided he did not want the responsibilities anymore. I've worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs at a time just to be able to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, gas in the car. I am an educated women who happened to fall on hard times. I moved out of state trying to better myself - unfortunately the job I was supposed to have fell thru after I got here. I am having to live in public housing because I'm only working at a minimum wage job. I get $43 in food stamps. When I moved my bills came with me. I have applied for almost every job in the local paper and when I do get an interview, I am usually just one of 80 or so people applying for the same job. I can't imagine that there are many people out there enjoying their "poor" circumstances. I honestly don't expect the government to have to help support me, although I have worked since I was 14 yrs old and have paid my taxes throughout the years. Don't be so rough on people who are unable to see any light at the end of the tunnel
I commend you on keeping going under very difficult times. Try to ignore the ignorant comments. You're the better person for struggling through this. Take each day and try to get through it as best you can. Don't listen to the negative nay sayers, they cannot help in any way. Listen to those who would encourage and help you. I will pray for you and I wish you luck and I just know things will improve if you keep at it.
Riddler

New York, NY

#29 Jan 16, 2008
AEP is on every pole and comment get a life man
Victor

Pompano Beach, FL

#30 Jan 16, 2008
AEP wrote:
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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?
You are one sorry speciman.Have many friends?
NO MERCY

Tampa, FL

#31 Mar 6, 2008
And it all had to start in Stinking Bum Infested Vagrant Sex Offender Ville Lealman! What are these out of state trash-eating misanthropes doing here here anyway? Make their slimy asses stay in one of the worst shitholes in Pinellas, South St. Pete or incorporate Lealman into a city that knows how to handle things. Kick the bums out, raise taxes, run the riff raff off so they will all live in Hillsborough or POLK county so we can become a fine tourist destination and place quality people would like to live once again. I DO NOT want to share my home with RATS, NOR do I want to live in a giant open-air out house! NO BUMS IN PINELLAS!!!! Notice, BUMS are NOT "homeless" people like the legitimately homeless who by a variety of unfortunate circumstances find themselves in a real pinch. Thanks. Off my soapbox for now, I'm going to watch tonight's exotic bumhunting show on ESPN.

Since: Mar 08

Knoxville, TN

#32 Mar 17, 2008
Brenda wrote:
There is no god. Its a fictional character. Period.
My my Brenda... you sure are going to be surprised one day :)
Tuckfriar

Clearwater, FL

#33 Mar 18, 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?
I for one am on the streets because of a divorce. I do not have my kids for the courts gave them to my ex. We had four great kids and I have put them through collage and they have since gotten thear masters, Now with stating this and mind you I also pay child support and had to pay allimony: With all these Plus tring to eat have a place to stay something had to give! Guess What gave. Since I love my kids and I wanted them to be better than me I live on the streets. Don!t judge us out here till you walk in our shoes!
Victor

Miami, FL

#34 Mar 18, 2008
Tuckfriar wrote:
<quoted text> I for one am on the streets because of a divorce. I do not have my kids for the courts gave them to my ex. We had four great kids and I have put them through collage and they have since gotten thear masters, Now with stating this and mind you I also pay child support and had to pay allimony: With all these Plus tring to eat have a place to stay something had to give! Guess What gave. Since I love my kids and I wanted them to be better than me I live on the streets. Don!t judge us out here till you walk in our shoes!
If your kids have masters, it's time for them to get you off the streets. Ask them for help, it's the right thing for them to do. You're still their father and they are still your children, even if grown. This never changes. I don't judge anyone for being in your situation because there but for the grace of God, go I. It could happen to anyone, anytime.
AEP

Saint Petersburg, FL

#35 Mar 18, 2008
Tuckfriar wrote:
<quoted text> I for one am on the streets because of a divorce. I do not have my kids for the courts gave them to my ex. We had four great kids and I have put them through collage and they have since gotten thear masters, Now with stating this and mind you I also pay child support and had to pay allimony: With all these Plus tring to eat have a place to stay something had to give! Guess What gave. Since I love my kids and I wanted them to be better than me I live on the streets. Don!t judge us out here till you walk in our shoes!
If your kids have masters degrees why are you paying child support?
John

United States

#36 Mar 18, 2008
I don't understand all the mean spirited comments. I have met plenty of people who kept their good jobs by cheating, telling lies and back stabbing people who worked harder than them.

If someone wants to help someone, why is that your problem?
Monettan in Exil

San Jose, CA

#37 Mar 19, 2008
People who need a helping hand are often surprised to find one at the end of each of their arms.
Mike

Brighton, CO

#38 Mar 19, 2008
Monettan in Exil wrote:
People who need a helping hand are often surprised to find one at the end of each of their arms.
What part of the message of Jesus did you not pick up on?
John

United States

#39 Mar 19, 2008
Monettan in Exil wrote:
People who need a helping hand are often surprised to find one at the end of each of their arms.
Well, I know from my experience that you are right. I have seen people transformed by a gift used wisely, then repaid either in cash or in help to others. However, are you praising self-reliance or criticizing charity?
Victor

Miami, FL

#40 Mar 19, 2008
John wrote:
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Well, I know from my experience that you are right. I have seen people transformed by a gift used wisely, then repaid either in cash or in help to others. However, are you praising self-reliance or criticizing charity?
Probably neither John, but if this man has 4 kids out of college with masters degrees, it's likely that they can assist their dad and get him off the streets. I think there may be more to this story than meets the eye. Charity should begin with his children, it's the right thing for them to do. Unless of course, we don't know the real story. There are organizations that can assist him. He's obviously employed if he paid child support and paid their way through college for 4 kids, he must have been making pretty good money, given the cost of college. So, I think we don't have the whole picture.
Mike

Brighton, CO

#41 Mar 19, 2008
My point was Jesus said simply to help the poor.He never mentioned we should help only the poor who are childless, or who we like or who we don't deem as lazy. I'm saying our notion of charity is discriminate.
John

United States

#42 Mar 19, 2008
Victor wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably neither John, but if this man has 4 kids out of college with masters degrees, it's likely that they can assist their dad and get him off the streets. I think there may be more to this story than meets the eye. Charity should begin with his children, it's the right thing for them to do. Unless of course, we don't know the real story. There are organizations that can assist him. He's obviously employed if he paid child support and paid their way through college for 4 kids, he must have been making pretty good money, given the cost of college. So, I think we don't have the whole picture.
No quarrel there.

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