Commission to discuss outsourcing homeless services

By Trevor Pettiford, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7:38 AM EST

Homelessness is a topic of discussion Thursday at the Hillsborough County Commission meeting.

Commissioners are considering a plan to outsource homeless housing - after problems with the county's own program.

Those problems started in December when the county permanently closed its homeless recovery center following reported of poor management.

Today, commissioners will decide whether to sign a $1.1-million contract with Metropolitan Ministries.

If approved, it will officially make that organization the county's provider of emergency housing for homeless families and women.

According to partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, this may be the first of three contracts commissioners will consider this year replace Hillsborough's homeless recovery program.

Other organizations like the Salvation army have offered to step in and help as well.

There has been no indication on which organizations will get the other two contracts.

If the commission approves the measure today, Metropolitan Ministries would take over on March 1.