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Tom Rebman, known as the homeless teacher, is spending 30 days homeless in every major city in Florida.
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The ‘homeless teacher’ weighs in on Orlando’s renewed push


The Coalition for the Homeless will hold a grand opening ceremony for a new facility in Orlando January 27. The 250-bed men’s shelter cost $6.6 million to build, and offers services beyond that of a typical shelter. Its use of social services are designed to help get people off the street. Last summer, Orange County teacher Tom Rebman decided to go homeless for a month. He since took a year off of teaching and has been traveling the state, homeless in each major city. 90.7’s Abe Aboraya spoke with Rebman in the Parramore neighborhood by the new homeless shelter.
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Homelessness in Florida resists national trend downward


Homelessness nationally is declining but not in Florida. That’s the finding of a report out Monday by the Florida Housing Coalition and Florida Realtors Association. The report finds the state’s homeless population – at more than 47,000 – is the third-highest in the country. Andrae Bailey is chief executive officer of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. He says the report shows low income families are being left out of the recovery. “The recession hit everyone hard, but the recovery has not hit all sectors of our society equally. And so you’re seeing a great amount of lower income families who are struggling in ways they never struggled before.” The report shows homelessness in Florida remains close to what …
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Community Hope Center Executive Director Mary Downey stands by the organization’s “vision board,” where goals for 2014 are displayed
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Homelessness Along Osceola County’s Tourism Corridor: A Perspective From US-192


Osceola County has one of the highest numbers of homeless families in the country, according to a recent report commissioned by county officials. And in an area dominated by the tourism industry, homelessness can present itself in unexpected ways. Many of these families are staying off the streets by squeezing into a room at one of the motels lining US-192, a busy tourist corridor. But now, most of the tourists that come to visit the theme parks nearby stay at the newer hotels on the park’s property. Tension is building between the motel owners, who want their rooms open for thrifty visitors, and the families, who are stuck in a financial position that makes it difficult to save up for …
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