Sarasota News Leader

05/31/2013

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A NEW STRATEGY FOR THE HOMELESS A homeless person sleeps in Five Points Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel A RETIRED 30-YEAR VETERAN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES A PROGRAM TO HELP THE HOMELESS MODELED ON A SUCCESSFUL SEVEN-YEAR-OLD INITIATIVE TO HELP PUBLICLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor A 30-year veteran of the Sarasota Police Department believes an effective initiative to help the community's homeless could be modeled on a county program that has aided drugand alcohol-addicted people since 2006. the Police Department, said during the Sarasota County Commission's regular meeting on May 22. Sutton was part of a three-person presentation about the work of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County. He is its second vice There are miracles occurring in chairman. That county program — the CART Initiative — has led to a 75 percent reduction in the Sarasota, and it's got to be one of the number of such peo- best-kept secrets in the world. ple on the city's streets Paul Sutton since it went into efSecond Vice Chairman Community Alliance of Sarasota County fect, Paul Sutton, who recently retired from The Alliance is an organization comprising about 62 nonprofit entities "to advance communication, collaboration and advo-

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