Sarasota News Leader

06/21/2013

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TENT CITY OPENS Homeless people gather at Selby Library in April. Photo by Norman Schimmel ONE WOMAN CREATES A SANCTUARY FOR THE HOMELESS IN SARASOTA WHILE CITY OFFICIALS AND NONPROFIT GROUPS PONDER OTHER WAYS TO HELP THOSE WITH NO PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN By Stan Zimmerman City Editor It seemed as though everywhere you turned something. Vallerie Guillory parked her motothis week, people were talking about home- rhome on a 3.6-acre parcel Tuesday, June 18, lessness. At the City Commission meeting on and called it the headquarters for the SanctuJune 17, at the County Commission dais, at ary of Sarasota. a focus group session in City Hall and at the Guillory has a lease for $1 per month on the meeting of the Community Alliance of Sarasoproperty at the northwestern corner of the inta County, people talked about partnerships, tersection of Washingcounseling, caseworkton Boulevard and the ers, emergency shelter Seminole Gulf Railway and transitional housWe'll be snowed in before the tracks at 10th Street. ing. county opens a homeless shelter. The land is immediBut one person — for ately north of Gillespie Shannon Snyder Mayor better or for worse Park and east of the City of Sarasota — was actually doing city's sewer plant. She

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