One of many foreclosed houses and remains standing despite severe fire damage.
photo by Josh Holton
In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point out are also in desperate need of repair.
One resident, Gladys Seabrook has been homeless and unemployed for about a year due to what she attributes to the economic downturn. But thanks to the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign’s efforts, she and her husband moved into a refurbished foreclosed home. Asking permission from neighbors, the group assumed ownership of the abandoned home. Vice Presidential Candidate for the Green Party Cheri Honkala founded the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Read full story