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City of West Palm Beach Finds Permanent Homes for Area Homeless
WPB On-street Homeless Population Declines by 14%
The City of West Palm Beach has seen a reduction of its on-street homeless population by 14% in the last year, Mayor Muoio announced during a press conference at City Hall. The latest Point-in-Time (PIT) count, an annual count conducted by Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach in January 2018, identified 426 unsheltered individuals, down from 498 unsheltered individuals in January 2017. At least 39-of those individuals were diverted from homelessness as a result of City programs.
The City continues providing assistance to the City’s homeless population with the goal of finding permanent homes for our most vulnerable residents. The City’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) continues to work with the Lord’s Place and other organizations to help the homeless get into homes.
VIDEO: Behind the Scenes: How WPB Helped Area Homeless Find Permanent Homes
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“Cities have a role to play in improving the overall quality of life of ALL residents, and that’s exactly what we are doing in West Palm Beach,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We have been working and will continue to work to help those who need our help transition to a life off the streets.”
In making the announcement, Mayor Muoio was surrounded by the individuals representing the many agencies that partner with the City and for whom she expressed her appreciation.
VIDEO: Mayor Muoio Announced 14% Reduction in On-Street Homeless Population
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“I am proud of our Housing and Community Development team and am grateful for the partnerships we have established with the Lord’s Place, the Homeless Coalition and other agencies,” Mayor Muoio added. “However, as a community and as a nation, there is much more work to be done—especially in the areas of federal funding for mental health and in combatting the opioid crisis.”
Numerous factors may contribute to the issue of homelessness including the state of the economy, the opioid crisis, mental/behavioral health, and federal funding for mental health. The City is working with Palm Beach County to add more beds for homeless residents at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Resource Center.
“The City remains determined to eradicating homelessness by providing direct homelessness assistance and building partnerships that increase homeless outreach efforts, housing for the homeless, and access to mental health and substance abuse treatment,” said HCD Director Armando Fana.
The City has developed the following initiatives and programs with the goal of finding permanent homes for our most vulnerable residents:
- Partnership with to the Lord's Place-
- Donation of City owned duplexes for transitional/supportive housing.
- Awarded funds for the Peer Outreach Program which provides screening and support services to West Palm Beach homeless.
- Homeward Bound Program - Provides a non-refundable/non-transferable transportation ticket and care package to assist homeless persons to reunite with their families within the United States.
- Housing Stabilization Program - Provides one-time funding for rent, security deposit and/or utility deposits for applicants facing evictions or experiencing homelessness.
- Real Change Movement - The Real Change Movement is a partnership between the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach. The City has re-purposed a total of 10 parking meters in downtown West Palm Beach for donations by the public. The City will match the funds collected in the meters by up to $50K, and the funds are utilized for permanent housing for the homeless. This initiative also provides education and awareness to the public on homelessness and panhandling.
- Training and Referral Services through Vickers House Division – Provides on-site support, counseling, trainings, referrals and numerous services such as tax preparation, resume development, job training programs, special health services, and more.
- Permanent Supportive Housing-The City is providing financial incentives and support to non-profit providers of supportive housing for special needs populations such as the elderly and disabled that are most at risk for homelessness. There are 130 units of additional permanent supportive housing scheduled to begin construction in 2018 within the City.
- Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program - The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The City has awarded grants to the Palm Beach County Housing Authority and the Jerome Golden Center For Behavioral Health, Inc., in order to provide housing throughout Palm Beach County.
For more information about the City’s outreach efforts, please visit http://wpb.org/Departments/Housing-Community-Development/Overview.
WPB Opens New Lincoln Park at
FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
$4.4-million community park was paid for, built by the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals
VIDEO: WPB Celebrates Lincoln Park
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The City of West Palm Beach’s new Lincoln Park at the FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, located at 5100 N. Haverhill Road, is officially open for children and adults to enjoy. The $4.4 million park was paid for and built by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals baseball teams. Mayor Jeri Muoio-- joined by City Commissioners and representatives from the Ballpark, the baseball teams and their mascots—cut the ceremonial red ribbon during a special ceremony commemorating the park’s opening on March 1, 2018.
The new community park is named 'Lincoln Park' to celebrate the history of the Negro Baseball League in West Palm Beach. The name honors the ballpark of the same name which, in the 1940’s and 1950’s, hosted baseball games featuring the Negro Baseball League and some of the game’s most legendary figures including Jackie Robison, Josh Gibson and other stars. That park, located on Tamarind and 20th, has since been renamed Coleman Park.
Lincoln Park includes 12.2 acres of park space with two athletic multi-purpose fields, basketball courts, a splash pad area, jogging trail, outdoor fitness stations, picnic pavilions and shaded playground.
Lincoln Park is located at 5100 North Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach and is open daily from dawn until dusk!
For more information on Lincoln Park or the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Overview.
Road Closures Update
To perform railway crossing improvements, Brightline has announced the following road closure:
- Gardenia Street/FEC (Monday 7am - Tuesday 6pm)
As a part of their work, Brightline expects to flag several crossings mid-week. The crossings are:
- 3rd Street
- Banyan Boulevard/1st Street
- Clematis Street
- Fern Street
- Gardenia Street
- Hibiscus Street
- Nottingham Boulevard
FDOT -Southern Blvd. Bridges Replacement Project Update
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shared with the City that Flagler Drive north of Southern Boulevard and Southern Boulevard east of Flagler Drive will have intermittent single-lane closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily from Wednesday, March 7, to Friday, March 9, as a temporary construction wall is installed at the northeast corner of Flagler Drive and Southern Boulevard. Police officers will assist in maintaining traffic through the intersection.
The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. The project limits are between Washington Road in West Palm Beach and State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. A temporary bridge will be built north of the existing bridge to maintain traffic while the replacement bascule bridge is under construction. Active construction began April 3, 2017, and will last until early 2021.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: We regularly update events/construction related road closures on our website. Please visit: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates
CLEMATIS STREETSCAPE DESIGN RECEIVES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM CITY COMMISSION
Improvements to 300 block of Clematis Street slated to begin in June
VIDEO: 3D Clematis Streetscape Design Recommendation
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At the Face of the City West Palm Beach Commission meeting on Monday, February 26, the City Commission unanimously approved proposed designs to make improvements to the City’s oldest – and one of its most beloved – streets, Clematis Street. Project managers, Erik Ferguson, P.E., Transportation Engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, and Allison Justice, Senior Project Manager for the CRA, presented notable improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, which were drafted and provided by renowned designer Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables. The design was a result of community collaboration, as the project managers had extensive public meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents, and visitors, who provided input and feedback on suggested improvements. Improvements include expanded sidewalk space, addition of shade trees and more narrow traffic lanes, among others.
In keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio’s vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, project goals include an increase in safety, walkability, economic development, public health, sustainability and more. In addition, one of the City’s primary goals of this project is to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to valued merchants.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all - and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”
With a rich history dating back to 1894, Clematis Street is one of the most iconic streets in the City of West Palm Beach. Serving as the sole business district when the City was first founded, the street currently serves as a place to both work and play, affectionately referred to as the “living room” of the buzzing downtown community. Along with visionary urban planning company Dover, Kohl & Partners, national design and engineering firm Kimley-Horn, has been retained to design a polished and professional next phase of Clematis Street’s evolution. After a series of meetings with merchants, stakeholders, and the public, Dover, Kohl drafted final recommendations for the future of Clematis Street. Meeting participants were able to provide input on what type of trees they enjoy, sidewalk tiling they prefer, car barriers they find most aesthetic, and more.
According to project managers, Clematis Streetscape aims to make the street one of the “world’s greatest streets,” by making major and minor adjustments to put people first. The approved design will increase “people” space by nearly 18 percent. People space reduces the priority given to cars, reallocating the shared public space for shade trees and expanded sidewalks. Sidewalks will be expanded from 9 feet – 12 feet, and the street will now be curbless. Parking will still take priority, however, and 12 spaces will be available on the 300 block. In addition, the project managers are proposing updated materials for paving and barrier structures, with heat absorption, maintenance, longevity and aesthetics in mind.
Improvements to the 300 block are scheduled to break ground in June. Construction is expected to be complete by October, and additional blocks will be scheduled for improvements in the future.
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape or call 561-822-2222.
Get Out the Vote!
WPB Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The City will hold an election for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners: one residing in District 1, one residing in District 3 and one residing in District 5. District 3 will not appear on the ballot as Commissioner Ryan was unopposed and is the Commissioner-elect for District 3.
While City Commissioners represent specific districts within West Palm Beach, they are elected citywide. This allows each citizen of our city to vote not only for their own commissioners but also for the other commissioners who serve the City. ALL REGISTERED WPB VOTERS CAN VOTE IN THIS ELECTION!!!!
For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Election-Information.
MLK Caregivers Donation
Janie Webb and Edith Bush of Martin Luther King Caregivers, with Deputy City Administrator Dorritt Miller
At Monday's City Commisison meeting, Mayor Muoio presented a resolution recognizing a parking meter donation of $3,212.60 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, 2018 and appropriating the funds for a donation to the Martin Luther King Caregivers.
West Palm Beach to Celebrate
City of West Palm Beach residents and visitors are invited to join in the 5th annual ‘Bike-to-Work Week’ celebration, a week-long series of events promoting biking in West Palm Beach-- a healthy, sustainable and economic transportation option--from March 11-17, 2018!
During ‘Bike-to-Work Week’, residents are encouraged to try bicycling to work, and those who bike to work regularly will be celebrated! According to bikeleague.org, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. From 2000-2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62%.
On February 26, 2018, Mayor Jeri Muoio issued a proclamation declaring March 11-17 ‘Bike-to-Work Week’ in the City. “We want to be successful in increasing bicycle commuting in West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Muoio. “We hope ‘Bike-to-Work Week’ inspires first-time commuters to try it out and become regular bike commuters.”
Meantime, the City continues moving forward with developing a Bike Master Plan to make people feel safe on their bikes. The plan will better connect City neighborhoods and destinations through a series of bike paths and facilities, and bike lanes may be physically separated from roadways so people will feel a greater sense of safety while pedaling to work or riding their toddlers to school.
Bicycling also provides residents with another option, that is fun and economical, to get around their City. To learn more about the City’s Bike Master Plan, please visit: http://wpb.org/bikemasterplan.
‘Bike-to-Work Week’ Events will include the following:
Monday, March 12 – ‘Bike-to-Work Week’ Kickoff Day; 11:30am-1:30pm
- Join us in kicking off ‘Bike-to-Work Week’ with our friends at the City of West Palm Beach Department of Sustainability, SkyBike and South Florida Commuter Services. We’ll provide safety information and giveaways to get you ready to ride!
- City Center Commons; 401 Clematis Street (Clematis and South Dixie Hwy.)
Tuesday, March 13- Bike-to-Vote; 7:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 14 – Bike-In-Movie; 6pm
- Join us for a special screening of “Bicycling” by international and Bafta winning filmmakers Pip Piper and Michael Clifford.
- Subculture Coffee; 509 Clematis Street
Friday, March 16 – ‘Bike-to-Work Day’ Celebration; 7:00am – 9:00am
Join a group or ride solo to West Palm Beach City Hall on ‘Bike-to-Work Day’. Mayor Jeri Muoio will greet riders as they arrive! There will be giveaways, and bicycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to mingle with other commuters!
- From the Mangonia Park Tri-Rail Station, 1415 45th Street, ride with Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche with the TPA; departure time at 7:30am.
- From South Olive, 345 Summa Street, ride with Friederike Mittner, City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Planner; departure time: 7:30am.
- From Target, 1760 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, ride with Tara Moreno, City of West Palm Beach Extension Services Librarian; departure time: 7:45am.
Week-long offers include:
- FREE COFFEE: C Street Café, 319 Clematis St. Ride your bicycle to C Street Café and receive a free coffee from March 12 – 15!
- EVENT GIVEAWAYS: Duffy's gift cards, panniers, bike lights, hand sanitizers and more!
‘Bike-to-Work Week’ is sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach, Florida Department of Transportation, South Florida Commuter Services, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the YMCA, and the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency. Event sponsors include C Street Café, Subculture Coffee, SkyBike, Duffy’s, Starbucks, Ultima Fitness. For more information, visit: wpbbiketowork.org.
Participants are encouraged to take the pledge to bike to work by visiting wpbbiketowork.org. Those who take the pledge are eligible for prizes! Don’t forget your bike helmet, and remember to follow all traffic laws! For tips on bicycling safely, please visit: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/bike-safety.aspx.
WPBPD Honors Civilians, Law Enforcement in Annual Ceremony
Asst. Chief Anthony Kalil, Asst. Chief Anthony Spatara, Asst. Chief Tameca West, Chief Sarah Mooney, with Volunteer of the Year Ronnie Clark
West Palm Beach Police Department (WPBPD) law enforcement officers and civilians were recognized during WPBPD's annual awards ceremony. There were several amazing accounts related to civilian award recipients including volunteers and police department employees.
This year's award recipients are:
- Volunteer of the Year - Ronnie Clark
- Civilian of the Year - Teena Thomas
- Investigator of the Year - Carlos Yermanos
- Officer of the Year - Christian Malta
- Supervisor of the Year - Sergeant Jose Matias
Daylight Saving Time 2018 Starts Soon!
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 AM.
Remember to 'spring forward' and turn your clocks forward one hour!
TROLLEY TRACKER UPDATE
Oops! We spoke too soon! We are still awaiting the "arrival" of our Trolley Tracker app. Soon you will be able to see when the downtown trolley will be at your stop via your mobile device. We anticipate the Trolley Tracker to be live any day now and will keep you posted. Stay tuned!
Peace in the Streets Scheduled for 3/15
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Our next walk will take place on March 15th at 5:30pm!
Meeting Place - Merry Place Clubhouse
451 Cheerful Ct., West Palm Beach
For more information, contact Kevin Jones (561) 822-1413.
See you there!
2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule
The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!
There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.
- The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
- The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm.
- The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more information, please call (561) 822-1412.
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