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Salvation Army Maj. Dwayne Durham of the Salvation Army listens as Adell Erozer, executive director of Turning Points, makes a point during a roundtable discussion on homelessness Friday at the Bradenton Herald. MARC R. MASFERRER/Bradenton Herald
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Dwayne Durham of the Salvation Army listens as Adell Erozer, executive director of Turning Points, makes a point during a roundtable discussion on homelessness Friday at the Bradenton Herald.
Those on the front lines included Turning Points Executive Director Adell Erozer and Salvation Army's Major Dwayne Durham and Program Director Julia Showers.
said one of the biggest things making an impact on the homeless in other communities are "housing first" initiatives.
"What we've done here is create a great network of services, but we haven't looked at what we can do to get people off the streets," said Erozer
"Shelters are over-capacity and they do not get people off the street.
I'm looking for collaboration with those that can develop housing strategies."
The very term "affordable housing" has negative perceptions to the general public.
So much so, that those trying to build low- to moderate-income housing prefer the term "workforce housing.
Changing public perception, Erozer
said, is accomplished by putting a legitimate face on the homeless.
said there is a system in place to document those who are in need of help, but she
called for help in creating a database.
Poston and Erozer
said times have changed since that plan was developed 10 years ago, and agreed with Gustafson that a new plan needs to focus on the county's challenges of today.
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Shameless legislators also drained money from a number of other homeless programs -- "devastating" losses, Adell Erozer told Herald columnist Vin Mannix.
Erozer, the executive director of the Community Coalition on Homelessness at the Bill Galvano One Stop Center, works on the front lines of this intractable issue.
Now more families will fall into homelessness here because of that funding loss, she
The framework simply isn't there, as Adell Erozer, executive director of the Manatee County Coalition on Homelessness, points out in a column today on Page 5F.
Manatee doesn't have enough shelter space or services to aid those currently seeking help -- never mind those who will be directed toward assistance through these proposed ordinances.
There are legitimate concerns about Sarasota's homeless ordinance, which is the model for Bradenton's, but at least Sarasota has a larger shelter and a broader array of services.
As Erozer notes, there are signs of hope in Manatee.Bradenton has approved plans for a consolidated service center for the homeless near McKechnie Field, but Erozer
says the center's opening is at least a year away and long-term operational Continued
That includes the most vulnerable segment ...
That includes the most vulnerable segment of the homeless population: women with very young children, said Adell Erozer, director of the Manatee Community Coalition on Homelessness.
The problem, Erozer
said, is twofold:
"That means HUD
will miss the families doubling up in motel rooms, or the homeless people in jail or in mental health facilities," said Erozer
And that count, Erozer
warned, is a fraction of the real number.
puts the actual figure much higher.
"We know from Project Heart figures that there were 2,860 students identified as homeless during the 2005-2006 school year," Erozer