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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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Photo: The Kelloggs say more resources would have helped them. They found the system bewildering to navigate, and many programs in place today for struggling homeowners weren’t available then. By Amy Green.
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After Foreclosure, Homeless Face Long Recovery


August 6, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando – Five years after the end of the worst recession in a generation, no region is more troubled by foreclosures than Central Florida. The crisis is resolving in most of the rest of the country. But here, where houses continue to go up for auction, families left homeless by foreclosure face a long recovery. The Kelloggs are one of those families. Paul Kellogg and his wife Judie moved in to their new home about a year ago with their two children, 21-year-old Dominique and 18-year-old Raymond. Paul is a civil engineer who was designing subdivisions when he lost his job in 2009. A year later the bank foreclosed on the Sanford home where the …
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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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