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Concrete solutions to end homelessness
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Can tiny houses be a solution for ending homelessness?

Growing in popularity over the last decade, tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 400 square feet and cost less than $25,000, the tiny house movement has appealed to people of all backgrounds, freeing them from mortgages and high utility bills. For people experiencing homelessness, tiny houses have become a big solution that offers them permanent housing and dignity, and the expenditure is less than what is paid for traditional houses or shelters.

Please join Celebrate Outreach on Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30PM for an exclusive, one-night only screening of "SMALL is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary" at the Muvico Sundial 19 + IMAX in downtown  St. Petersburg. After the film, join producer Chris Kamen and director Jeremy Beasley for a Q&A about the making of the film, followed by a discussion about the growing movement of tiny houses as a solution for homelessness.

This event will only happen if 78 people reserve their tickets by Nov. 11th. Reserve your tickets today!
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In his first 100 days in office, there was a lot of praise for St. Petersburg's new mayor, Rick Kriseman. Since that time, the Mayor has had to address several hot button issues, including homelessness. On January 23rd, 2014 – three weeks after Kriseman took office – the Point-in-Time Count and Survey conducted by the Homeless Leadership Board of Pinellas County concluded there were 5,887 homeless individuals in Pinellas County, including approximately 2,500 homeless children, half of whom lived in St. Petersburg. The results of this year's Point in Time Count showed an increase in the homeless population.

Regardless of whether there is an increase or decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness, Mr. Kriseman says he has been painfully aware of this continuing issue in our community, and has been taking steps to address it, including:

Working with St. Vincent de Paul to open a Day Services Program to provide an indoor location for homeless people during daytime hours in an effort to reduce loitering downtown and in area parks;
Pushing for a $50,000 increase in the City's funding for Pinellas Safe Harbor;
Repurposing some of the City's unused parking meters in the downtown area to become Power of Change meters, which will collect coins from St. Petersburg residents and visitors wanting to support the agencies and programs serving people experiencing homelessness; and,
Joining First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and creating the Pinellas County Task Force to End Veterans Homelessness, which will achieve a "functional" end of veterans homelessness in the St. Petersburg area by later this year.

Despite these laudable steps and achievements, many homeless persons, advocates and service providers are still concerned about the rise in homelessness among families with children, the insufficient number of affordable housing units available for the working poor, and the initiatives designed to exclude homeless persons from sharing in downtown cultural and recreational activities.

Join us on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, for an informative presentation and discussion led by Rick Kriseman, Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg. This Community Forum will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, Gilmour Hall, 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N. (near Arlington Ave.), in downtown St. Petersburg.

The public is invited to attend our Community Forums. These events are especially beneficial to homeless service providers, social workers, clergy, police officers, teachers, and others who work directly with this segment of our community. There will be two information tables available for use by homeless service providers that have reserved them; contact George to reserve your space. Admission to this event is free - monetary and food donations will be gratefully received. Refreshments will be provided. There is free off-street parking, and the facility is handicap accessible. Seating is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to preregister by completing the RSVP form below and the one on Facebook. 

http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/community-forums.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/839869849439650/
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Video from our last forum
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Communities across the nation are beginning to reduce homelessness to "virtual zero." Housing first and other best practices are being used to quickly and frugally place families, veterans and others experiencing homelessness in permanent housing surrounded by supportive services to help insure long-term stability.

What are these strategies? Are they being used in Pinellas County? Are there any obstacles to achieving virtual zero homelessness in Pinellas County?

Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, for an informative presentation and discussion led by St. Petersburg City Council Vice Chairperson Amy Foster. This Community Forum will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave. N., across from Mirror Lake in downtown St. Petersburg.

The public is invited to attend our Community Forums. These events are especially beneficial to homeless service providers, social workers, clergy, police officers, teachers, and others who work directly with this segment of our community. There will be two information tables available for use by homeless service providers that have reserved them; contact George to reserve your space. Admission to this event is free - monetary and food donations will be gratefully received. Refreshments will be provided. There is free off-street parking, and the facility is handicap accessible. Seating is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to preregister by completing the RSVP form above and the one on Facebook.
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