The Real Deal Miami

Fort Lauderdale rejects site for homeless center

December 22, 2010 04:03PM

Fort Lauderdale rejected another location for a homeless feeding center at 901 NW Fifth Avenue. The city commission was under the mistaken impression that the warehouse site would be available by January and that the owner would agree to a three-month lease, Mayor John Seiler said yesterday. However, the location won’t be available until June, and the landowner requires a six-month lease, according to Cate McCaffrey, head of the Homeless Task Force. The city hopes to find a site quickly for a temporary program where charity groups would gather to feed the homeless. If their pilot program succeeds, commissioners will consider adding locations or creating a mobile program to provide food at different sites. The commission may reconsider the Fifth Avenue location, Seiler said, and he hopes to work with the task force over the next month to find an alternative that would be less expensive and available sooner. [Sun-Sentinel]