Homeless Voice blames cities for financial woes

Homeless shelters in danger of shutting down

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The founder of the Homeless Voice and their shelters says they're in danger of shutting down, blaming several cities that are keeping them from distributing their newspapers for money.

Founder Sean Cononie says they provide emergency shelter services to anyone in need. Unlike county-run shelters that impose time limits, people can stay at the Homeless Voice shelter as long as they like.

Meanwhile, he says several cities - among them, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs - have passed laws that prevent them from passing out their newspapers and collecting donations.

Cononie says they do not receive money from the federal government, so the newspapers are their sole source of income. Without those donations, they can't provide shelter and three daily meals for 300 to 400 people a night.

So he's making those cities a proposition: provide funding to keep the shelters open, or the shelter goes out of business and they won't have anywhere to put their homeless population.