FSU collaboration aims to reduce Tallahassee homelessness

Posted at 8:54 AM, Apr 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-15 07:25:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Students and faculty at the  Florida State University College of Social Work will be working with community agencies to reduce homelessness in Tallahassee.

Students are the key part of the initiative. They will serve as social work interns with various providers of social services to the homeless, They will also develop entrepreneurial business models to help local organizations find job opportunities for the homeless.

By helping the Tallahassee Community, organizers say they hope that they create something that can assist homeless people around the country.

“The vision behind all of this is to produce comprehensive, sustainable, organically developed model solutions to homelessness combining the skills drawn from the academic, private, public and not for profit sectors of Tallahassee that can potentially be replicated throughout the country,” said Tomi Gomory, associate professor in the College of Social Work.

Students are currently working at the Renissance Community Center, a new facility located next to the Shelter. Students are providing services and creating jobs for the homeless.

For example, one of the student-created business models involves hiring homeless people to install a fence around the Westgate housing project.