Benjamin Stevenson, director of the Lakeland Housing Authority, said he thought the insect problem at Renaissance at Washington Ridge had been solved and was surprised when ABC Action News reported otherwise this week. He also said some of the senior residents contribute to the problem through hoarding, dumpster diving and other uncleanly habits.
Starting this week, SPCA Florida will “rent” dogs for free for a half day on Wednesdays in hopes of finding permanent homes for the pups. Check available dogs on the program’s web page (Note: The page didn’t fully load for me in the Chrome browser, but it did in Safari.)
The 120 WestLake public housing apartments southwest of the RP Funding Center will be demolished to make way for the 320-unit Twin Lakes Estates. But first housing needs to be found for the remaining residents of the existing units.
“The title timesup is really aprospos,” said Foley-Rothrock, whose organization’s annual fund-raiser is scheduled for March 31. “The time has come. Society is ready. It’s time for change. It’s long past due. The social pressure is building. It can’t be just about wearing black dresses and pins. How do we harness the energy? Now, what are we really going to do about it?” More
Susan Pourciau of the Tallahassee-based Florida Housing Coalition gave an update last week on the six months she’s spent in Lakeland and said the steering committee already includes Police Chief Larry Giddens and representatives from health care and philanthropic organizations. More
Clearwater-based Gulf Coast Jewish Family And Community Services (website) plans to close its Lakeland office on U.S. 98 South by the end of March and discontinue services involving more than 500 foster children, WFLA reports. The move pressures the other three case-management agencies in Polk to absorb the large caseload.
Feeding Tampa Bay will discuss the transition at a town hall meeting next Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Church at the Mall in Lakeland. Catholic Charities, which operated Agape Food Bank, said it is shifting its feed-the-poor focus to mission markets providing fresh produce.