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Staff Reports More Children at Local Homeless Shelter

Homeless problem is growing in Leon County
Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 07:44:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Due to an increased number of children at one of Tallahassee's homeless facilities, they are hoping to construct a security fence.

HOPE Community provides emergency shelter and temporary housing for homeless families. It has restructured the services it offers in coordination with the Kearney Center so that all homeless families with children needing emergency shelter are referred to HOPE.

HOPE also provides this emergency shelter to families as part of the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter Program.

However, the recent changes in services has significantly increased the number of children at the facility. They say that a fence will help staff  better monitor the campus and children play areas.

The city is expected to authorize up to $75,000 to build the fence at Wednesday's commission meeting.

“As part of the City’s approved Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2015/16 Annual Plan, a total of $125,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds have been allocated for improvements to public facilities. The proposed HOPE perimeter fencing project is eligible for these CDBG funds. ”

HOPE Community is operated by the Big Bend Homeless Coalition