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Time for $15 an Hour and a Union

| April 9, 2019

After years of idling lawmakers, the idea now has more traction in Congress thanks to the recently introduced Raise the Wage Act, which would set a national minimum pay of $15 an hour by 2024.

Palm Coast Councilman Jack Howell To Homelessness Task Force: ‘It Needs To Be Done My Way.’

| April 3, 2019

Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell attacked the homelessness task force in charge of drawing up goals to address the issue, but did not himself provide any goals. A gap of mis-perceptions between public and agencies addressing homeless issues is making concrete solutions more difficult.

‘A Pileup of Inequities’: Why People of Color Are Hit Hardest by Homelessness

| March 31, 2019

Disparities, researchers say, are the result of centuries of discrimination in housing, criminal justice, child welfare and education. Cities and counties are beginning to take a hard look at how entrenched policy has served to perpetuate homelessness in black and brown communities.

Flagler’s Improved Health Ranking Masks Poor Access to Care and Persistent Obesity and Smoking

| March 29, 2019

Flagler’s health ranking jumped to 9th best in Florida, from 14th last year, in the latest rankings, but the jump masks continuing problems with access to primary and mental health physicians, continuing obesity, smoking and sexually transmitted diseases.

County Calls DEP Over Area ‘Heavily Contaminated With Human Waste’ Around Library in Cleanup of Homeless Camp

| March 15, 2019

The week-long cleanup of the homeless camp near the public library in Palm Coast revealed concerning hygienic issues but few security incidents. Meanwhile, the library is installing a new security system.

Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Only Homeless Shelter, Raises Nearly $12,000 in Latest Fundraiser

| March 14, 2019

The cold-weather shelter opens for overnight stays whenever the temperature falls to 40 or below. It operates out of at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, and provides other support services to the homeless.

Push For Swift Homeless ‘Solutions’ Clashes With Individual, On-the-Ground Realities

| March 13, 2019

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins and Palm Coast City Council member Jack Howell want solutions to what they call a homeless crisis, but others are reminding them that efforts are in place. The resources and focus to pull them off in concert may not be.

That Homeless Camp Behind the Public Library: A Palm Coast Problem Requiring Immediate Action

| February 26, 2019

After taking a walk through the homeless camp near the library and speaking with its residents, Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell calls for creating a committee to address the issue from various angles.

MLK’s Dream Of Economic Justice Deferred By Increasing Inequalities

| January 21, 2019

King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitative economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well.

The Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Cold-Weather Shelter, Holds Fundraiser March 10

| January 21, 2019

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner and dance will raise money for the shelter assisting new, near, or chronically homeless, and the all-volunteer effort needs your help.

Bunnell Takes Page From St. Augustine to Adopt Harshest Anti-Panhandling Rules in Flagler

| November 13, 2018

Bunnell’s new ordinance prohibits panhandling within 20 feet of any business or commercial property, alongside drivers or diners, but limits penalties to fines.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

After Noting Many “Deficiencies” In Flagler’s Public Transportation System, State Ordered 2 Buses Off the Roads

| July 27, 2018

Last November state inspectors noted 45 “deficiencies” in Flagler County’s public transportation system, and last week ordered two buses off the roads because safety problems had not been addressed.

Restricting Food Stamps Use at Farmers’ Markets Is One More Way To Hurt the Poor

| July 22, 2018

The government just canceled its contract with the company that makes the card readers necessary to read food stamps cards at farmers markets.

Ralph Nader’s Open Letter to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

| June 22, 2018

Given your successful tax avoidance mania, you should be ashamed of yourself, Nader tells the Amazon founder. “You should spend some personal time” with the homeless.

For Working Poor’s Sake, Bring Back May Day

| April 30, 2018

Nearly one in five families have zero or negative net worth. That number rises to over a quarter of Latin American households and 30 percent of black households.

The Latest Assault on Food Stamps Holders

| April 24, 2018

The draconian work requirement to receive food stamps could throw 1 million people off the rolls and cause more job losses than job gains.

Does Palm Coast Have a Panhandling Problem? Council Member Thinks So, But Legal Options Are Limited

| February 27, 2018

Palm Coast City Council member Heidi Shipley, citing “regulars” panhandling on Old Kings Road and Palm Coast Parkway, wants an anti-panhandling ordinance.

The Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Homeless Shelter, Holds Fundraiser March 4

| February 13, 2018

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner and dance will raise money for the shelter assisting new, near, or chronically homeless, and the all-volunteer effort needs your help.

From Ankle Monitors to a $165,000 Grant for an Extra Detective, Domestic Violence Initiative Keeps Momentum

| January 23, 2018

The Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Task Force, far from disbanding, is continuing its varied initiatives, though the incidence of domestic violence in the county appears to be spiking.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

With Project Share, Flagler Beach Rotary Brings Christmas to 1,300 of the Region’s Neediest Children

| December 21, 2017

Project Share was born 18 years ago after Roseanne Stocker drove through rural areas of deep poverty and teamed up with her father to provide toys for 30 children. The project has grown every year since.

`Where the Hell Is the Cavalry?’ As Puerto Rico Suffers, Florida Prepares for Influx

| October 1, 2017

From schools to shelters, Florida is readying for an influx of people struggling for food, water and power in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

Chez Jacqueline Hosts Fundraiser For Flagler’s Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter Sept. 6-7

| August 31, 2017

The Sheltering Tree, which depends entirely on donations, has provided the homeless with food and extreme weather shelter since 2008: the shelter opens whenever the temperature falls to 40 degrees or below.

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

| August 27, 2017

A top Florida lawmaker and a national insurance fraud group criticized a law used by insurers to turn in injured undocumented workers and avoid paying workers’ comp benefits.

Upwards Mobility Bunk: Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor, And Will Stay Poor

| August 6, 2017

What happens when children born into poverty run face first into the crushing reality that the society they live in really isn’t that fair at all? Hard work has nothing to do with it.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

Flagler County’s Homeless Numbers Fall to 10-Year Low But Affordable Rents Elusive

| June 6, 2017

The number of homeless fell to 104 people in January, compared to 104 the previous year, as the economy has improved. But the lack of affordable rents remain a challenge.

Florida Senate Wants 81% Increase in Aid for Poorer College Students, and Boost For 1st-Gen

| April 9, 2017

Florida student assistance grants would grow by $121 million. Senators also want to double the state’s matching grants for “first generation” college and university students to a total of $10.6 million.

Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men Kicks Off 41st Year and Fund-Raiser Challenge

| April 8, 2017

For decades the center’s focus was on helping displaced homemakers with little-to-no work experience, women who because of divorce, widowhood or other circumstances would come to learn new life skills, gain self-confidence and train for employment.

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