The founder of the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia has created a new Web site that helps Tampa Bay area's homeless.

Jimmy Wales was in town Friday to introduce the launch of tampabayhomess.wikia.com. The project creates an online resource for service providers, government agencies and advocates to share information using the collaborative model of Wikipedia.

Wales founded Wikipedia in St. Petersburg, though operations have moved to the San Francisco area. Similar projects to fight homelessness are already running in San Francisco and Los Angeles.