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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 […]

A look at what is next for the homeless at Lions Park in Fort Myers

Crews began moving homeless individuals living at Lions Park in Fort Myers Friday, and we looked at what is next long-term for these people. We asked Mayor Kevin Anderson what happens to those who opt for a two-week stay in a hotel, and the answer is going to be different for every homeless man and […]

City begins moving homeless people out of Fort Myers park

By 10:30 p.m. Friday, Lions Park in Fort Myers must be empty of people experiencing homelessness, and the relocation process was already well underway to begin the early hours of the day. A man experiencing homelessness at a different location claims police moved others early in the morning. Lee County’s homeless outreach team was  at […]

Fort Myers set to move homeless out of Lions Park into temporary housing

Fort Myers plans to ensure those experiencing homelessness, who are staying at Lions Park in the city, will vacate the park by Friday and take advantage of hotel housing as part of the city’s response to the homeless population. We witnessed outreach teams go to people living at the park Thursday by helping them pack […]

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 […]

Fort Myers city council fails to pass plan to help homeless people

A plan to address a homeless camp at Lions Park in Fort Myers failed during Monday night’s city council meeting. The homeless camp will remain at the park, near Lee Memorial Hospital. During Monday’s meeting council voted against a plan to bring 30 to 35 homeless volunteers to a fenced-in area on the Salvation Army’s […]