- After years of an erratic approach to homelessness that even landed Sarasota the title of the nation's meanest city, the community has a clear path to get people into housing and the apparent political will to make it happen.
Read more about the proposals put forth by Robert Marbut in his draft report, Homeless Services Gaps Analysis of Sarasota County
, presented to the Sarasota County Commission Tuesday night.
Over the past four months, homelessness consultant Robert Marbut has evaluated 65 sites for the location of an adult homeless shelter.
He narrowed the field to four top choices based on proximity to existing programs and the county jail, buffers around the facility, whether there was a willing seller, cost, size and site-readiness.
CLICK HERE to see an interactive map of the proposed homeless shelter sites.
Those sites are:
• 1003 N. Washington Blvd.
• 1121 Lewis Ave.
• 1330 N. Osprey Ave. and/or 1530 N. Osprey Ave.
• 1800 East Ave.
Marbut also found six sites that are possibly viable and possibly available:
• 295-625 S. School Ave.
• 1022 10th St.
• 1060 Goodrich Ave.
• 1502/1562 N. Lime Ave.
• 1761 17th St.
• 3941 Butler Ave.
That path is outlined in a 55-page report
from consultant Robert Marbut, who was brought in to address the very visible homeless population. And the will is evident in the interest of deep-pocked foundations, local agencies and politicians.