Homeless Voice Hurt by City Laws

A homeless advocate and founder of the Homeless Voice, Sean Cononie has hinted that starting after the New Year his agency might be compelled to make radical slash in social support services to one of South Florida’s largest homeless shelters.
The shelter which is home to more than 400 men, women and children in need is run by sales proceeds from the Homeless Voice Newspaper.
There have been growing attempts by some Broward cities to stop the sales through legislation. Their excuse is safety. More injuries happen in your kitchen then from selling newspapers.
“We handle the most difficult cases in Broward County.” Cononie said.
Glen Sadlosfsky, A homeless single father of two boys (10 and 9) who has been in the shelter together with his sons for the past six weeks was full of praise for the shelter. “We literally would be on the street if it wasn’t for Sean and the shelter” he stated.
But with a decline in revenue coming in from the sales of the paper, Sadlofsky and other occupants of the homeless shelter are uncertain and fear that they could be homeless again by the New Year.
Revenues from the sale of the Homeless Voice help cover the cost of food, shelter and social services. But as Cononie puts it, without it certain tough decision will be made in 2014 and that would be heavy blow for emergency shelter and medical services.
Cononie has therefore called for a long term financial support from Broward cities and hospitals to run the shelter.
Sean Cononie, Founder of the Homeless Voice and it’s shelter system, is seeking new ways to raise money to keep the shelter open. “We do not rely on the government to help us. We rely on you to help make a difference,” says Cononie.


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