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Lee County, Fort Myers looks to enter homeless into ‘Rapid Rehousing Program’

After dozens of homeless people were forced out of Lions Park in Fort Myers, some were offered hotels as temporary housing. However, not everyone was offered that option. For now, they are saying the hotels will be available for at least two weeks, maybe more. The City of Fort Myers set aside 280 rooms. Lee […]

Fort Myers city council to reconsider moving homeless to Salvation Army

Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson will once again try to win approval for a plan to move homeless people from Lions Park to the Salvation Army. Anderson hopes a presentation from a Cape Coral council member can convince city leaders to approve his plan during their meeting on Monday. Cape Coral Councilwoman Jennifer Nelson said […]

Homelessness in Lee County: Millions of dollars provided, but is it helping?

For the last four years, Vicky Bond has carried her past and her belongings with her, sleeping on a bamboo mat at Lions Park. “I got real depressed, lost my job, lost my apartments and just started living homeless,” Bond said. Alcoholism and unmonitored medications caught up with her, and then, Hurricane Irma hit. “And […]

Lee County Homeless Coalition holds vigil for homeless that have died

On Monday night, the Lee County Homeless Coalitioin honored those homeless people who have died with a vigil. A memorial day, of sorts, for the lives lost. 27 candles were lit and placed into 27 white paper bags with all 27 names of the homeless people who have died in Lee County. The Lee County […]

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Homeless savor last few hours before Centennial Park set to close

Monday is the last day that Centennial Park will be open. The City of Fort Myers is closing the park for renovations. So the homeless people who sleep there are savoring their last moments. Frank Shaffer isn’t happy that he calls the park home, but he hopes that he’ll survive its closing. “No. Hasn’t been […]

Homeless in Centennial Park are now without a place to stay

People already battling homelessness will struggle to find somewhere to go. This comes after the city of Fort Myers announces Centennial Park will be closed for a year for renovations. But some local activists are trying to help these homeless people find a new place to stay. Richard Villamanan calls one covered bench in Centennial […]

Lee County Homeless Coalition hosts event to help those in need, work to eliminate homelessness

Helping those who need it—that was the goal of Saturday’s Homeless Service Day hosted by the Lee County Homeless Coalition. Thousands of people without a permanent home came by for some encouragement and basic necessities. Different organizations offered food, addiction services, employment information, flu shots and even hair cuts. One man told us this event […]