A forum was held in November in Seminole County. Michele Saunders called it – “A Community Conversation on Homelessness.” She invited more than 40 local homeless care providers and advocates…and CMF Public Media. Feature length – 18:24
Throughout 2010, homelessness in Seminole County and Central Florida has been a recurring feature on Central Florida Matters as well as our companion web portal, Heard in Central Florida and also through several commentaries offered by local subject matter experts. A link to each of those pieces is below.
Knowledgeable homeless service providers state that in 2010 between 700 and 900 chronically homeless people are on the streets in Seminole County over the span of that year. That number does not include the near homeless, the recovering homeless or public school students of homeless parents.
In the Orlando metro area – largely defined as the counties of Seminole, Orange and Osceola, Seminole represents approximately 20 percent of the overall homeless population, yet only 4 percent of the beds accommodating and sheltering such homeless people are located in Seminole County.
In a 3-part series CMF Public Media produced and which we called “On Being Homeless in Seminole County,” caregivers, advocates, critics and homeless people addressed the problem of… the players in… and the possibilities of… improving and lowering homeless conditions in the county.
Because Seminole County government is involved in many levels of administering support for homeless people or homeless service providers, Michele Saunders, in her role as director of community services for the county became a principal source of information to us and a mostly neutral 3rd party to those agencies increasingly stepping up to develop focus and momentum toward resolving homeless issues.
It is Saunders whom we featured on Part-3 of our series which addressed the “possibilities” of a more aggressive and effective solution to the homeless condition.
In that feature produced in June 2010, Saunders announced her intent to host a community forum to begin a process to inclusively address the issue and develop a county-wide plan.
Now , 6-months later, we followup via telephone with Saunders, and others, on the outcome of that forum held and what next to expect on this journey toward a solution to …being homeless in Seminole County.
Extended Interview & Pictures
Additional Feature Information
Links to other podcasts produced by CMF Public Media on homelessness
- On Being… Homeless in Seminole County: The Problem & the Players
- On Being… Homeless in Seminole County: The People
- On Being… Homeless in Seminole County: The Possibilities
- Kids of HOPE
- Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: Health Clinic
- Homeless Students in Seminole County
- Commentary: Feeding the Hungry
- Commentary: Homelessness
- Commentary: Ending Homelessness
- Commentary: Health Care Services
Useful links to issues addressed by Michele Saunders and others