Hear about the rising number of homeless senior citizens in Seminole County FL: those 60 years of age or older. Representatives from Seminole Behavioral Health Care in Sanford; an elder crimes and services investigator with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office; and a 61 year old local homeless woman offer their on-the-ground perspective. Feature Length — 53:36
More than 56,700 persons in Florida have been identified as homeless through a statewide “point in time” count conducted on one single day in January 2011 —this according to statistics released in June 2011 by Florida’s Department of Children and Families and their Council on Homelessness.
In Seminole County, that same count yielded 810 homeless persons, more than twice the 397 count from the year before. Applying state wide percent figures that show 5.3% of the overall homeless population are persons considered to be over 60 years of age – that county count yields about 43 homeless senior citizens in Seminole County. Experts consider that number conservative as the count does not include persons sharing the housing of family or friends, or persons living in a motel, travel trailer park or living in a campground.
Though difficult to quantify beyond the application of that statewide percentage, each speaker will address the rising number of homeless senior citizens from their on-the-ground perspective.
In a wide ranging 45-minute Q and A format, you’ll hear the experts establish their credentials, describe the problems, offer current and proposed solutions and address multiple trip-wires and frustrations confronting homeless senior citizens. Speaking knowingly and personally of her homeless condition, Susan Mooty offers a tangible description of life as a currently homeless elderly person.
The Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy, often referred to as SACSON, is a non-profit group of faith based organizations and individuals in Seminole County providing education, programs and services to those in need. One such program is this – their Dessert and Coffee discussion series. Visit this link for more information about SACSON.
Housing coordinator of Seminole Behavioral Health Care, Sanford, Fl.
Elder crimes and services investigator with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office
A 61 year old local homeless woman
SACSON host and facilitator:
Chairman, Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)
Links to additional information referenced by Trace Trylko:
- SACSON: Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy
- Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Sanford, Fl.
- Rescue Outreach Mission
- Florida Department of Children and Families: Council on Homelessness – 2011 Report
Links to additional information referenced by Karen Harmon:
Links to additional information referenced by Barbara Fore:
- Florida Area Agency on Aging
- Section 8 Housing (HUD’s Housing Choice Vouchers)
- National Association of TRIADS
- Committee on Aging
- Vulnerable Adults in Florida
Links to podcasts produced by CMF Public Media featuring issues related to homelessness:
- Homelessness: A Community Conversation #6
- Homelessness: A Community Conversation #5
- Fallout and Followup
- Homelessness: A Community Conversation #4
- Homelessness: A Community Conversation #3
- Homelessness: A Community Conversation #2
- Homeless Forum (#1) Followup (12/9/2010)
- 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: Shepherd’s Hope Health Clinic
- Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: Sonshine Food Pantry
- Homeless Students in Seminole County – Families in Transition
- Commentary: Feeding the Hungry
- Commentary: Homeless Issues in Seminole County
- Commentary: Ending Homelessness
- Commentary: Affordable Health Care Services for the Homeless
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