Councilman: Solution Coming for St. Pete Homeless

ST. PETERSBURG -

Some national homeless groups say they are still considering legal action against the city while a number of smaller homeless tent camps have sprouted around St. Petersburg.

City Council Member Jamie Bennett, who is also chairman of the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Network, says more permanent solutions are on the drawing board. He points to Fort Lauderdale's homeless center as model.

BENNETT: A modern building that can house up to 200 people. They have medical staff right on site, they have job training, computers, They have day care fro the children.

Councilman Bennett says eventually, the county would like to have similar centers in north, central and south Pinellas. Opponents of permanent homeless service centers say the facilities attract homeless people from around the nation and are a magnet for drug use and other criminal activity.

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