Groups: Bradenton, Florida, is 'mean' to the homeless

MANATEE — The issue is places to live for people on the street.

Bradenton and Manatee County do not have nearly enough temporary roofs despite what a leader says are the good works of homeless advocates, law enforcement, churches and other concerned citizens, and now the area has come under national scrutiny.

For the first time, the Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty have labeled the Bradenton area one of the 10 “meanest cities” in the U.S. in treatment of the homeless. The organization labeled the Bradenton area primarily because of the lack of temporary homeless shelters, and laws that allow jailing of the homeless when no shelter is available.

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