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Bill Pitches Local Help for Homeless

Two Tampa Bay area legislators say local communities are better suited to help the homeless than the state, and should control more of the money meant to help.

Local housing, job training and mental health services would be at the heart of the bill filed this week by state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, according to The Tampa Tribune.

The challenge grants for local homeless coalitions could provide up to $500,000 to each community based on population and the community’s ability to provide matching funds, The Tribune said of the bills, (SB 1090, HB 979).

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