Home energy services of a different nature are provided under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (1992) which helps qualified individuals meet the high cost of energy by paying a portion of their energy bill or assists low-income individuals and households in weather-related crisis situations which are funded by the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The program complements and augments the home energy conservation measures provided by the agency‘s Housing Department. Recognizing a growing need, the State of Florida funded the Crime Prevention and Intervention Program in 1994. This statewide program is charged with providing leadership in creating strategies and viable alternatives which will serve as a deterrent to youth at risk of embarking on a life of crime. The League secured an additional contract from the Florida Attorney General‘s Office to operate a Preventing First Time Offenders from Becoming Second Time Offenders Program in September 2002 and received funding from the Department of Justice for FY 2007/2008.
In 1999, additional support for the Health Mobile (donated to the PCUL by Anheuser-Busch) and its Health Screening Program was received from the Baxter-Allegiance Foundation and the Florida Department of Health. These funds allowed the PCUL to bring essential health screening services to individuals in the communities where they live. Additionally, Herman L. Lessard served as President & CEO from November 2004 through October 2006. Gregory Johnson served as the President & CEO of the Urban League from October 2007 through October 2011.
In 2008, the PCUL received a two-year Health Education Awareness grant from Baxter Foundation. Other grants awarded to the PCUL in 2008 were the 50-50-50 Youth Challenge (Community-Based), Tampa Bay Rays Foundation, Progress Energy (Weatherization Incentive), and the City of St. Petersburg (Weed & Seed). In 2009 the agency received stimulus funding for the Weatherization Program. In 2011 funding was received to weatherize multi-family apartment buildings under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). PCUL selected Rainbow Village, located in Largo, Florida (HUD property) to weatherize 200 units. sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) supplemental grant was received in 2011 which will be used to fund "materials, benefits, and renewable domestic energy technologies" not currently covered by the Weatherization program.
The Pinellas County Urban League‘s nationwide search for a new leader concluded at its beginning – with a hometown hero whose deep roots stretch throughout the community, state, and nation. Watson Haynes, a native of St. Petersburg and a popular public speaker, consultant, and advocate for education assumed the role of President & CEO on May 7th, 2012.
The aforementioned vignettes describe the pivotal events and program development which form the unique history and depict the forward movement of the Pinellas County Urban League. Each has its significance to the mission of the League to assist all those in need. The progress of the PCUL is the direct result of the vision, dedication, and commitment of a dedicated Board and staff. Crisis situations which is funded by the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The program complements and augments home energy.