Pinellas starts pilot emergency assistance program By SUZETTE PORTER Mar 28, 2015 For years, Pinellas County kept a pot of money to help people with emergency financial needs. It was part of its arsenal to prevent homelessness. But the program fell victim to the budget axe wielded by previous county administrator Bob LaSala. “We went many years without an emergency fund,” County Administrator Mark Woodard said March 24 during a presentation about a new pilot program that will restore money to provide a one-time hand up for those in need. County Commissioners unanimously approved a six-month agreement with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares [...]
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Where to get help and information Editor’s note: This is the third segment in a three-part series on efforts to curtail prescription drug abuse in the county. Compiled by SUZETTE PORTER Jan 16, 2012 People fighting an addiction to prescription drugs can find help from a variety of sources. From governmental agencies to nonprofit organizations, assistance is available. Tampa Bay Newspapers put together a list of places that have resources to help addicts and their families. Don’t fight the battle alone. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Inc. This organization provides 2-1-1 telephone services to Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida [...]
Pinellas County residents face hard times 2-1-1 operators field calls from people facing home evictions, health, financial and other issues By THOMAS MICHALSKI Dec 29, 2008 The crashing economy is causing insurmountable problems for Pinellas County residents who are being faced with evictions, job loss and even homelessness. So great are the difficulties of some individuals, that more of them than ever before are talking about suicide and even giving up their children for adoption because parents cannot afford to feed and clothe them. Many of the pleas for assistance come to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares that is recognized in Pinellas County [...]