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Issues and Voices that Matter June 17, 2010

On Being…Homeless in Seminole County: Part 3 – The Possibilities

Part 3: On Being...Homeless in Seminole County -- The Possibilities

In part-3 of the feature On Being…Homeless in Seminole County, we ask a local panel of experts to discuss the “possibilities” of how or if the homeless in Seminole County might be better served or how the number of homeless might be reduced. They offer specific suggestions and timetables to accomplish their vision. Feature length – 47:27


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck. Production assistance courtesy 90.7 WMFE-FM.)
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Cathy Jackson, Executive director, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (photo - CMF Public Media)
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Jacqueline Dowd, Managing attorney, Legal Advocacy at Work (photo courtesy Jacqueline Dowd)
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Michele Saunders, Director, Community Services, Seminole County Government (photo - courtesy Michele Saunders)
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Hank Dieckhaus, community & business leader, Sanford, Florida (photo courtesy Hank Dieckhaus)
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Panel program format — The panel states their qualifications and their view of the homeless situation in Seminole County. Then Steck asks each to offer possibilities as to how to improve the homeless situation in the county. Each panel member responds to each other’s ideas. At then conclusion, Steck weighs-in with closing questions and observations and we learn what we might expect in the future from these “possibilities.”

Click below for parts 1 and 2 of the series On Being Homeless in Seminole County:

  • Part One – The Problem and the Players | Length – 23:49
    Part -1 also features Cathy Jackson defining the problem and identifying the players involved in local homeless issues
  • Part Two – The People | Length – 50:12
    Hear the stories of being homeless in Seminole County as told by three local homeless “people” – Ricky, David, and Dale — and the professional caregivers – Rocky and Doug — who monitor them as part of the Sanford, Florida HOPE team.

We encourage you to listen to or download the extended panel discussion from part three. It runs 1-hour and 23 minutes, from which only 43 minutes were excerpted for this feature. The additional material includes the panel discussing such related issues as whether or not homelessness was an issue worthy of the resources CMF Public Media put into the production of the 3-part series or if another more important issue should have been pursued. Plus, who else could or should have been included on the panel and whether or not the panel was objective or self serving in their answers and comments.

Production assistance for this panel recording was made possible by our friends at 90.7 WMFE-FM.

Links to other features produced by CMF Public Media addressing issues related to homelessness

Informative web links on issues related to homelessness

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The panel (from left) Cathy Jackson, Executive director, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida;  Jacqueline Dowd, Managing attorney, Legal Advocacy at Work; Michele Saunders, Director, Community Services, Seminole County Government; and Hank Dieckhaus, community & business leader, Sanford, Florida (photo - CMF Public Media) The panel (from left) Cathy Jackson, Executive director, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida;  Jacqueline Dowd, Managing attorney, Legal Advocacy at Work; Michele Saunders, Director, Community Services, Seminole County Government; and Hank Dieckhaus, community & business leader, Sanford, Florida (photo - CMF Public Media)
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3 Responses to “On Being…Homeless in Seminole County: Part 3 – The Possibilities”

  1. Steve Bruton says:

    Still need some thinking outside of the box? Thanks, Stephen, for pushing for new solutions during the last 20 minutes of the forum. Michele finally nailed it at the end with some real game plan comments. Note: Nothing was said about the high number of people living in cars. How about “safe zones” and/or a “dome community”? How about some immediate relief now? How about all of us being the “good neighbor”?

  2. Still need some thinking outside of the box? Thanks, Stephen, for pushing for new solutions during the last 20 minutes of the forum. Michele finally nailed it at the end with some real game plan comments. Note: Nothing was said about the high number of people living in cars. How about “safe zones” and/or a “dome community”? How about some immediate relief now? How about all of us being the “good neighbor”?

  3. john rhodes says:

    I was homeless on and off over the past 34 years, for the
    majority that are homeless, they give up on themselves after the first year on the streets. Organizations funded with their care abuse the funds and little actually goes for proper usage or where it is truly needed. Most homeless abuse alchol, drugs or are mentally ill. Few have any credit or no police records. All of these things make harder impariments to overcome for a homeless individual. Housing and feeding the homeless will show compassion bit these individuals will abuse your kindness. It is in their mindset for survival. If you truly want to help them and yourselves build a instatution that they can reside while they are mentally restructured for civilization. Including job training, Ged classes on site, AA, NA classes with a detox unit. A program as this would take a 4-5 year commitment for each homeless person before they are ready for re-entry to society and their minds reprogramed to function normally within socities boundries If this cannot be accomplished then removing life from these individuals would be the only compassionate solution to serve all as well as them.after ten years on the streets most are living in an animal mental state, only 2% have a chance of returning to normal society.

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