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State council to hear about local homeless issues

Local homeless advocates will have a chance to share their concerns and triumphs with state officials Tuesday during a forum in Sarasota.

The State Council on Homelessness will hold its quarterly meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army, 1400 10th St., Sarasota.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, and there will be time for public comment, said Joanell Greubel, a governor’s appointee to the 15-member council who manages Manatee County’s Salvation Army Family Lodge.

The council, created in 2001 to develop policies and recommendations to reduce homelessness in Florida, hosts quarterly meetings at various locations around the state and submits an annual report on homelessness to Gov. Charlie Crist and the Legislature.

The following local organizations will make presentations to the council: Manatee County, One Stop Center, Sarasota Salvation Army, Manatee Glens, Project Heart of Manatee, Schoolhouse Link of Sarasota, Family Resources of Bradenton, Hope Family Services, Sarasota Police Department, Manatee County Correctional Facility and Suncoast Partnership.

During a lunch break, a pair of Manatee Players actors will perform, and Bradenton’s Gates family will present a rap song about Habitat for Humanity. Eric and April Gates were once homeless, but are preparing to move into their Habitat home with their three children.

The meeting will end with a tour of Sarasota’s Salvation Army.

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