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Access to Healthcare a Challenge for Central Florida’s Homeless

WMFE, Orlando-According to the latest state report, the majority of Florida’s homeless are low-income, childless, non-veterans under age 60. It’s a likely formula for being medically uninsured. As part of our series on Homelessness in Central Florida, we look at how access to insurance and health care continues to be a struggle for those living on the streets. Vincent Williams and dozens of men line up outside an emergency homeless shelter in downtown Orlando. This has been his routine for almost three years. The Florida sun beats down on him, revealing a tinge of yellow in his eyes. “I have sickle cell anemia and I have deterioration of bones,” said Williams, 52. This genetic condition causes fatigue and unbearable episodes …
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Intersection | A Panel Discussion on Homelessness

90.7’s Matthew Peddie speaks to Dr. Jim Wright, Sociologist at the University of Central Florida, Andrae Bailey, CEO for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Maria Shorkey and Kenneth Wilson from the Covenant House Florida on the challenges Central Florida faces when tackling homelessness and what needs to be done moving forward.
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Scott Joseph | Taste of the Nation

In his Spotlight installment this week, Orlando Restaurant Critic Scott Joseph previews a charity event.  Some of the area’s best chefs are donating their time to fight child hunger.
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Charlie Crist campaigning for governor in Orlando in 2014, with running mate Annette Taddeo. Crist says he won’t seek political office in 2016. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE
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Crist Opens Office in Orlando, Pledges Education Support

Charlie Crist opened his first gubernatorial campaign office in Orlando on Wednesday. Crist, along with his running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, addressed a crowd of supporters outside the headquarters on education The Crist for Governor campaign office is on the corner of Alafaya and Colonial, just across the street from the University of Central Florida. Crist promised supporters if elected he would increase Bright Future scholarships for state college education. The office sits in State House Representative Joe Saunders’ district and he says the choice to open the offices near the University of Central Florida show the commitment the campaign has to education. “For the Crist campaign to identify this area, my district, a district that has one of the highest …
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