Support for Pinellas Hope Approved
At its Sept. 25 work session, the commission directed staff to move forward with developing a contract for $461,000 with Catholic Charities to fund the operations of Pinellas Hope. The agreement formalizes the arrangements with Catholic Charities, which will operate this pilot project. Approximately 250 adults will find shelter and social services at the temporary emergency shelter located in the middle of the county, on 126th Avenue North, from Dec. 1 to April 30. Truly a community effort, a key partner is Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, who is providing the 10-plus acres of land.
Retired businessman Harry Stonecipher has agreed to fund up to $500,000 toward the capital costs, the city of St. Petersburg is handling the site preparation, several private businesses are donating in-kind services and the Interfaith Shelter Group is helping to recruit congregations and other volunteer groups to help provide meals and serve as volunteers in the program.
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