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St. Pete presses county over Pinellas Hope funding



Add another minor fissure to the list of city-county differences.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker'soffice wants Pinellas County to promise to pony up money for Pinellas Hope, the temporary housing site for homeless people. The county hasn't -- yet.

The city has committed $250,000 for next year. But county officials declined to allot money for the nonprofit program. Instead, the Catholic Charities-sponsored operation's request for $600,000 will compete with other nonprofits for money from a $1 million pool. The county gave $770,000 to help run Pinellas Hope this year without making it compete.

With Pinellas Hope breaking ground Friday on an 80-unit housing site, Deputy Mayor David Metz urged the county to approve money for the program. But stressed he wasn't directly criticizing the county.

County Commission Chairman Calvin Harrissaid budget cuts have limited the county's ability to provide money, and this year's funding was always considered "one-time." But he said Pinellas Hope shouldn't worry, the county can cobble together money after seeing what's left from this budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

"It's going to get some money," he said.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:07pm]


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