WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Despite Shelter Openings, Volusia Homeless Stay Outside County Building

Photo: Renata Sago.

Salvation Army workers say they hope to fill all 46 cots at their emergency shelter in Daytona Beach tonight. That’s after some sat empty last night while the county’s homeless continued to camp in front the administration center on Beach Street.

Tony Deobil, director of social services for the county’s Salvation Army, says his team is getting people into rehabilitation and finding them apartments.

“Folks that really want the help and need the help, we will be able to help,” he says. “Those that want to stay out there. That’s their prerogative, and that’s between them and the city and them and the county.”

Up to 130 men and women have camped in front of the administration center in the past month. Some are in wheelchairs; some have pets. Others are couples who don’t want to be separated.

Homeless advocates say the Salvation Army’s emergency shelter will not solve homelessness. Some of them are asking city officials to re-open Manatee Island, a city park, where the homeless had slept before.

Minister Michael Pastore says residents and business owners are seeking solutions outside of Daytona.

“They want to remove them from the city center and send them outside the city limits.”

Pastore is asking officials to turn vacant buildings into housing. He says the long-term solution is to build a regional shelter with 250 beds.

Volusia County has proposed to spend $4 million on a facility. It’s location and opening date are yet to be determined.

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Renata Sago

Renata Sago