Tent city in Florida offers hope

June 17, 2009

Click here or on any of the pictures below to launch an audio slideshow.******A Florida tent city for hundreds of homeless people lies at the end of a dead-end street, but residents say they have not given up hope of a better life despite the U.S. economic downturn.************The Pinellas Hope camp, 250 single-person tents in neat rows on land owned by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in a wooded area north of the city, has room for about 270 and has been filled to capacity since it opened two years ago.************”I could open the gates and have over 500 people,” said Sheila Lopez, the chief operating officer for Catholic Charities at the St. Petersburg diocese.******The camp has a food hall, bathrooms and showers, a laundry room and a few computers for residents to look for jobs and prepare resumes.************”This is a great place to be. It gives us a great opportunity,” said Alex, a resident who declined to give his last name. “We have a safe place to live. It sure beats sleeping on the street.”******The number of homeless people in the United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is difficult to pin down, advocacy groups say, because most people are homeless for only a short period of time.************The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates about 675,000 people are homeless on any given night during a one-month period. Between 2.5 million and 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness for at least one night in a year.******The alliance said it expects more than 1 million people to become homeless as a result of the current recession.


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well done carlos…these small stories make people think about all whats happening around us this days, not the billion dollar breaking news story… best, miro

Posted by Miro Kuzmanovic | Report as abusive

There are many people homeless staying in poverty around the world including US.

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Hola Carlos-I appreciate your insight and photography. I notice you are from Patagonia..I lived in Buenos Aires from 1952-1955. Papa era en el ejercito de los Estados Unidos y vivimos en Argentina en los dias de Juan y Evita. Tengo un foto con Papa y Juan Peron, en el ano 1952, si quieres ver, puedo mandar..Papa es un graduate de West Point(1940)-el murio el ano pasado-tenia 93 anos…Yo soy un professor de literatura in college…muchas gracias, Miguel

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Hi Carlos,

My name is Johnny and I’m doing voluntarily work for children and I’d like to use your picture were a hand i raied up in the sky and grapping the fence.
http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/si te_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/haiti_02_01  /h29_21952455.jpg

I would want your permission to do that.
The pic will be printed out and symbolise some kind of freedom :)

Yours truly

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