Sarasota News Leader

06/06/2014

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tiers of service. The first would provide sim- ple shelter and personal hygiene options in an outdoor setting; the second would offer individualized case management and shelter under air conditioning. He proposed two sites in north Sarasota, both within walking distance of social service agencies, the courts, the jail and the rest of downtown. It could be as long as two years before the facility is built. Meanwhile, public pressure continues to grow among downtown residents, merchants and business patrons for more immediate relief from panhandling, pub- lic defecation and a host of other problems. On March 11, Sarasota Police officers and human services representatives, working as a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), swept through a homeless camp near the Oakland Park Cemetery between 10th and 12th streets, west of U.S. 301. They offered the people they found there 30 days of free lodging at The Salvation Army facility in north Sarasota, plus a variety of social services in an attempt to break up the camp. Valerie Guillory operates Trinity Without Borders, a sanctuary for homeless people, near the site of that camp. She later reported, "There were 33 people there, including nine A graphic presented during an April 22 joint meeting of the City and County commissions showed the proximity of homeless shelters to downtowns in various cities. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader June 6, 2014 Page 22

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