Lakeland’s homeless people would be better served with more focus on “rapid re-housing” (info) and less on transitional housing, according to a consultant recommended to guide the city’s strategy on homelessness. Commissioners are scheduled to decide June 19 whether to award a contract to Tallahassee-based Florida Housing Coalition (link).
More than seven months after kicking off their 2016 campaign, Ashley and Wesley Barnett, 2016 campaign co-chairs, reminded a crowd of nearly 300 donors, volunteers and supports, at the United Way of Central Florida’s annual meeting that the 2015 campaign was the best campaign ever by the organization, raising more than $9.08 million. That was until the 2016 campaign.
Nearly 100 people came to the Coleman-Bush Building tonight to hear a discussion on policing and community-government relations. Speakers were State Attorney-elect Brian Haas, Public Defender Rex Dimmig, Assistant County Manager Gary Hester, Sheriff Grady Judd, Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens and City Manager Tony Delgado.