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Issues and Voices that Matter October 5, 2011

Homeless Senior Citizens

Hear a discussion about the rising number of homeless senior citizens in Seminole County, Fl., those 60 years of age or older. Karen Harmon, housing coordinator of Seminole Behavioral Health Care in Sanford; Barbara Fore, elder crimes and services investigator with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office; and Susan Mooty, a 61 year old local homeless woman offer their on-the-ground perspective. The event is hosted by SACSON – Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy.

Feature Length — 53:36


Photos – Charles E. Miller

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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.

Principal Speakers

Panel member, Karen Harmon, housing coordinator of Seminole Behavioral Health Care, Sanford, Fl. (photo - Charles E. Miller)
Karen Harmon
Housing coordinator of Seminole Behavioral Health Care, Sanford, Fl.

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Panel member, Barbara Fore, elder crimes and services investigator with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office (photo - Charles E. Miller)
Barbara Fore
Elder crimes and services investigator with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office

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Panel member Susan Mooty, a 61 year old local homeless woman (photo - Charles E. Miller)
Susan Mooty
A 61 year old local homeless woman

SACSON host and facilitator:

Trace Trylko, chairman, Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON) and event host (photo - Charles E. Miller)
Trace Trylko
Chairman, Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)

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Links to additional information referenced by Trace Trylko:

Links to additional information referenced by Karen Harmon:

Links to additional information referenced by Barbara Fore:

Links to podcasts produced by CMF Public Media featuring issues related to homelessness:

Pictures

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Panel members from left, Barbara Fore, Karen Harmon, Susan Mooty, and event moderator Trace Trylko (photo -  Charles  E. Miller)

One Response to “Homeless Senior Citizens”

  1. Don Boyd says:

    An excellent presentation of the state of the homeless seniors. Age is against them like disabilities are against the veterans when looking for employment, if there were any jobs available. As indicated everyone wants to help. However, the system (Congress) continues to ignored, overlooked and fail the tax payer by listening and not taking care of their own (citizens) first.

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