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News about issues regarding homelessness in downtown Sarasota and surrounding areas.

2020 Homeless Point In Time Survey

2020-06-24T10:33:50-04:00June 24th, 2020|DSCA News, Homelessness, Local News|

Each year the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Inc. (Suncoast Partnership) on behalf of the Sarasota/Manatee Continuum of Care compiles the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count. This survey provides a snapshot of homelessness in Sarasota and Manatee County on a single night, January 27 to January 28 of 2020. While it is not possible to [...]

Second Heart Homes Expands

2020-05-12T11:51:14-04:00April 18th, 2020|DSCA News, Homelessness|

April 2020, Sarasota, FL. Second Heart Homes, Inc. just announced the addition of a new house to their mental health housing program! This will have a major impact by getting 6 individuals with severe mental illness off the street and into the lives they deserve. This will bring a ray of hope to our [...]

Mental Health Special Dependent District

2020-02-13T19:01:44-05:00February 13th, 2020|Homelessness, Local News|

According to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in funding of mental health services.  Sarasota County wants your feedback on whether a referendum to fund the establishment of a local Mental Health Special Dependent District (MHSDD) through an increase in millage (Property [...]

Second Heart Homes launches

2019-12-22T22:15:24-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Homelessness, Local News|

December 2019 -  The long worked-for dream of Megan Howell and Barbara Raskowski to fund more homes for people without homes has finally come to fruition with the establishment of Second Heart Homes, Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation, approved for charitable contributions under IRS 501(c)3 rules. Second Heart Homes, Inc.  NOT A HOUSE, BUT [...]

DSCA Expands Homeless Information Program

2019-10-07T22:21:44-04:00October 7th, 2019|DSCA News, Homelessness|

The DSCA Committee on Homeless took a page from the very successful “Three E’s” program of the City of Sarasota Police Department of Educate, Encourage and Enforce to assist persons without homes. The DSCA’s program of Educate, Encourage and Activate is designed to improve the understanding and knowledge of the DSCA membership and residents [...]

2019 Homeless Annual Point-in-Time Report

2019-07-20T17:10:24-04:00July 10th, 2019|Homelessness|

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness compiles the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count Apr. 26, 2019 According to the latest census in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the number of homeless individuals is diminished, due to community-based efforts that serve the special needs of people who experience homelessness here. This news comes from the latest 2019 "Point [...]

City-County Housing Action Plan 2019 – 2020

2019-07-10T11:29:05-04:00March 6th, 2019|Homelessness|

Mar. 6, 2019  -  The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). One of the grant requirements is that we notify adjacent governments that Sarasota has prepared their [...]

DSCA Forum on Homelessness – Doing Good Even Better

2018-12-14T10:01:52-05:00April 11th, 2018|Homelessness|

YouTube Playlist: DSCA Forum on Homelessness – Doing Good Even Better The Francis, 1289 Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 5:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.  [click on individual names to view videos] Welcome, Patrick Gannon, President, DSCA The Road To Better – Peter Fanning, DSCA Director “We have a panel of “blue sky” people, because [...]

Homeless Committee Update

2018-10-10T15:24:18-04:00August 17th, 2015|Homelessness|

On Apr. 20, 2015, DSCA President spoke before the City Commission in support of the City Manager Barwin 8-Point Plan on Chronic Homelessness.  We stated our support using excerpts from the Barwin report, “The report on Chronic Homelessness presented by City Manager Barwin at the Sarasota City Commission meeting on April 6, provided an extremely helpful survey of [...]

DSCA Forum – The Homeless in Sarasota 

2018-10-10T15:26:57-04:00March 25th, 2015|Homelessness|

DSCA sponsored a forum on Homelessness as part of the 2015 DSCA Annual Members Meeting on March 25, 2015 with an overflow audience at the Herald Tribune community room.  This forum, titled: The Homeless in Sarasota – Positive Happenings and Obstacles to Navigate included the following panelsists, along with Peter Fanning as moderator: Tom Barwin, City Manager, [...]

The DSCA Cooperates to Improve Downtown Livability 

2018-10-10T15:28:40-04:00January 1st, 2014|Homelessness, Safety|

Peter Fanning with Board support is working to extend the influence of DSCA by working with other Downtown Groups, Associations and Resident Members to improve the quality of life for Downtown Residents. With the help of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA) and especially the Plaza at Five Points and 100 Central Condominium Associations and their [...]

A Push for A No Smoking Ordinance, Orderly Feeding Programs for the Homeless, and Promoting Amenities Downtown such as Benches to Sit On 

2018-10-10T15:29:50-04:00January 1st, 2012|Homelessness|

The DSCA Board is supporting and providing public input at the City Commission Meetings in support of several new ordinances and policies including a ban on smoking. Elsie Souza of 100 Central and Parks Advisory Board Member appeared at the April 4 City Commission Meeting to support the Parks Advisory Board’s recommendation for a NO [...]

Bicycles for the Homeless

2018-10-10T15:34:18-04:00November 24th, 2010|Homelessness, Transportation|

If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes reducing the clutter by cleaning out the garage or storage area and you come across bicycles that are no longer used, consider a donation to Bicycles for the Homeless Inc. This organization seeks bicycles in any condition to be reconditioned and upgraded for safety, if necessary. The [...]

Involvement with Homeless Issues in Downtown Sarasota

2019-10-08T10:54:58-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Homelessness|

The DSCA has heard you, its members, and has taken the initiative to address the accommodation of those persons who are homeless in the downtown area. Harry Chororos, President of the Sarabande Condominium Association, has agreed to Chair the DSCA’s Sub-Committee on Persons Who Are Homeless. Soon after, realizing how pervasive and complex this [...]

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