MAYOR BROWN ADDRESSES HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTER
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 18, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown made a surprise visit to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council annual meeting to address his commitment to a pilot project to open a resource center for homeless people.
Mayor Brown told the council and residents he has made no recommendation for a location, and the former Armory, 815 N. Market St., will not be considered.
"As mayor, I will not support a resource center at the Armory," Mayor Brown said at Thursday night’s meeting. "Neither I nor the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida have recommended any location."
Mayor Brown committed to supporting the opening of a day-time resource center for the homeless as a pilot project. The center would provide opportunities for services to help transient people as part of the mayor’s ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life in Jacksonville.
The six-month pilot project would operate the resource center three days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing essential services but no beds.
The city will continue a transparent and inclusive process to consider and recommend a location for the resource center. Throughout the year, the administration has worked with non-profit providers, the Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and other groups to consider suggested locations and services.
Mayor Brown encouraged non-profit providers, the private sector and residents to continue offering ideas and suggestions on a location and services.
"Our work has been inclusive and transparent, and it will continue to be," Mayor Brown said.
Mayor Brown is committed to elevating the city’s urban core and protecting quality of life as part of his efforts to reinvigorate Downtown for the benefit of all residents.