Homeless Man Arrested in Fort Lauderdale City Meeting to Raise Awareness for Homeless from Voice Media Group and Dylan Bouscher on Vimeo. Ray Cox, a homeless man, was stopped Tuesday by police officers as he was entering a City Commission meeting, where commissioners were proclaiming November 16-22 ... More >>
Today, Fort Lauderdale votes to declare this National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week. That's an anemic response to weeks of protest from a city that has made headlines for passing laws regulating how its homeless can be fed. Its main shelter features only 230 temporary beds. But the county has r ... More >>
As reported earlier by New Times, a midmorning protest went on as scheduled outside of the home of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler on Wednesday. About 60 homeless advocates and some homeless people carried signs and chanted outside the home while mounted police guarded Seiler's driveway. The prot ... More >>
Aaron Jackson was prepared to be arrested for handing out 30 boxes of Little Caesars pizza in front of City Hall yesterday. Instead, Fort Lauderdale Police officers cited Jackson, the president of Planting Peace who is known as a "CNN Hero" for his work deworming kids in Haiti and for painting a h ... More >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate cited twice for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, met with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler on the WPLG program This Week in South Florida Sunday morning for a friendly debate over the city's homeless ordinance. Abbott has made headlines arou ... More >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate who was arrested earlier this week for feeding the homeless, is planning on returning to his old spot in Fort Lauderdale to continue breaking the law by feeding the hungry. Abbott, along with three others, was arrested Sunday by Fort Lauderdale Polic ... More >>
Update, 5 p.m. Chris Wren returned a call and said he would be happy to meet the protestors but that they threatened his assistant. His comments have been added to the end of this post. Eight members from Food Not Bombs were reportedly arrested Tuesday after meeting at the Downtown Development Aut ... More >>
A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo. Jeff Weinberger is a longtime advocate for the homeless in South Florida. What began in Fort Lauderdale nine months ago with the soft if ominous whir of a legislative steamroller star ... More >>
Around 5:30 on a recent morning, Fort Lauderdale resident Cal Deal grabbed his camera, roamed the Poinciana Park neighborhood, and recorded a man washing his backside with a garden hose. In that video, which Deal sent to Mayor Jack Seiler and several other city officials, the homeless man rummages ... More >>
In what came down to an all-nighter, Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted to approve a new ordinance that sets restrictions on how churches and groups can feed the city's homeless. Commissioners met on Tuesday and went well into Wednesday morning, ending their meeting at 3:30 a.m. after having hear ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will be voting tonight on the proposed ordinance that could cripple groups that distribute food to the city's homeless. The crux of the ordinance deals with applying rules on food handling, providing toilet facilities and hand-washing areas, and requirements on h ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city commissioners might be on the verge of passing even more stringent laws against the homeless in the city. On Tuesday night, the City Council met to discuss a new ordinance that would limit homeless people being fed by churches or in parks. Although the meeting never went beyo ... More >>
Tonight, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will vote on two ordinances: one which that would ban camping downtown, and another that would ban panhandling in many city locations. This past spring, the city passed an ordinance that allows police to confiscate homeless people's belongings, and anoth ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city leaders are meeting Wednesday to look over the possibility of implementing new laws homeless that will put an end to panhandling, sleeping in public places, and even the removal of park benches in some areas. Specifically, the focus will be on camping laws, and looking to preve ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale is set to pass ordinances that would make an already difficult life for the city's homeless even more so. During a public workshop in January, it was announced that the city planned to pass ordinances that would effectively ban groups from sharing food with the homeless and make it ... More >>
Despite the warm weather, Florida is one of the worst places to be homeless in the country. Almost every year, the state gets ragged on by the National Coalition for the Homeless for being one of the "meanest" in the union. Cities like Miami, Sarasota, Pensacola, and St. Pete have been specifically ... More >>
On the way to the beach two Fridays ago, I witnessed a Florida Highway Patrol officer interacting with a homeless man near the ramp to get on and off I-95 in Boynton Beach. As the officer drove away, I pulled over into a nearby parking lot, sought out the homeless man, and asked him to share his s ... More >>
A couple months ago, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on the radio one fine Saturday, after spending the morning on his hands and knees along with local volunteers planting gardens of tropical foliage in Stranahan Park. With Seiler's record of trying to get the homeless to disband from the park ... More >>
The new ordinance banning "aggressive panhandling" city-wide and regular panhandling in specific places has been finalized and is set to kick in Wednesday; it's set to take effect on Wednesday, at which time you will no longer be able to ask for money in bus stations, buses, city-owned garages, park ... More >>
Last week, as we were talking to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler about sea turtles, we were also finishing up this week's cover story, Food Fight. The story chronicles the ongoing struggle of Food Not Bombs to pass out free food and attract attention to its political message.So, as the mayor wa ... More >>
Stranahan ParkHave you walked through Stranahan Park lately -- or ever? It's a nice place. But with throngs of homeless people living there, it's also a reminder that Broward County has a significant problem: About a quarter of the 3,225 homeless people in the county did not have a bed at a shelt ... More >>
It seems SoFla is taking a page from the Rudy Giuliani playbook, trying every which way to get homeless people off of our streets and out of our sight. To that end, three initiatives have been proposed in three cities in recent weeks.Two weeks ago, Palm Beach County unveiled a plan to dissuade d ... More >>
Flickr: 71sbeetleIt's advertised as a way to deal with a city's homeless problem in the most humane way possible -- give 'em one-way tickets out of town. But that's only if the progressives in cities like New York aren't reading headlines like we've got down here, about Florida leading the nation ... More >>
Flickr user: April A. TaylorThanks for the helping hand, Bloomberg.Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has devised an ingenious way to cut down on the number of homeless families in New York City shelters: Handing out one-way tickets to leave town. And what's one of the most popular destinat ... More >>
Judging by the front page story in this week's edition of "The Our Town News", yes. On the direct-mail community newspaper's web site, the article about the city's commissioners and residents disdain for the homeless men and women selling The Homeless Voice is featured next to a story about a ... More >>
I didn't think anyone could do more to help the homeless people of Broward than New Times -- our boxes are frequently used to store blankets and the pages of the "print product" can both warm someone and serve as a feces receptacle, among other applications. But as it turns out, there a few people j ... More >>
Not enough, say some who are learning to fend for themselves
The Key West Citizen has an exhaustively reported story today by Chris Tittel about a weird murder that's got Pulp splattered all over it. Hard-luck factory worker Johnny Ray Holt in Alabama robs girlfriend's parents' house, drives down to Key West, kills a man in his house and steals his car. The k ... More >>
When you're down and out in West Palm, a free ticket to New York can mean just being homeless in another city
The homeless population is skyrocketing, but you'd never know it by reading the dailies
Sean Cononie has revolutionized SoFla homeless care. So why are the bureaucrats snubbing him?
Allen Reesor's friends-and-family program has other homeless-services professionals crying foul
A new program intended to solve the scourge of panhandling replaces spare change with a "Can of Help." Sort of.
When a do-gooder wants to open a shelter for homeless moms, local gay residents vow to raise hell
Getting rid of those folks with buckets equals getting rid of one of the county's better homeless-assistance programs.
All the managers of Cooperative Feeding wanted was a home. They found the property. Then Broward County officials stepped in.
No fast-food drive-thrus
Many of the homeless are substance abusers who've spent most of their lives on the streets. And no new county system will change that.
The owners wanted to open a fun store in downtown Fort Lauderdale. After three burglaries in a month, the novelty wore off.
Broward's ballyhooed new homeless shelter won't clear the streets of all vagrants. But the police might.