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Help the Homeless

The face of homelessness may be familiar. It could be a third grade teacher and single mother of two who struggles with childcare costs and living expenses on a $36,000 a year salary. It could be a retired military veteran with three graduate degrees and Pentagon experience. Yet he lives out of a van.

Or it could be a 9-year-old boy who goes to school with your fourth grader. More than 63,000 students were homeless during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a Florida public schools report. As a state, we can do better for future generations of Floridians.

Here, you'll find advocacy initiatives, public policy initiatives and local programs to address the homeless problem in Florida. We'll continually update the page with resources and information, so please keep checking back.

Advocacy Initiatives

Statewide tour calendar: Realtors Believe: "We believe in our communities, that housing matters and we can make a difference″ May 30-July 18, 2014

Florida Realtors is taking a leadership role to advocate, engage and collaborate with each of our 13 districts, which collectively represent all communities in Florida and our 127,000 members. The 2014 Leadership Team, local Realtors and community partners will travel the state to raise awareness about the homelessness problem in our state.

This tour will bring attention to real estate advocacy efforts; we will provide direction and leadership to communities across the state as to what public policies we can affect to ensure that “Housing Matters” becomes more than just a slogan.

Housing Matters Summit

Join local, state and national leaders who have had success addressing the core challenges related to family homelessness. The Summit takes place on Monday, Sept, 22, 2014, at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in Orlando. 

Registration is now open. The event is free to all attendees, with lunch and complimentary parking provided. 

 

Public Policy Initiatives

Florida Realtors 2014 President Sherri Meadows made homelessness a priority this year, and the association advocated for legislation that provides housing for extremely low-income and homeless populations and funds local homeless coalitions. HB 979 by Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-St. Petersburg) establishes challenge grants for local homeless coalitions, nonprofits and other agencies that assist the homeless, and will also provide these agencies with training and technical assistance. The Senate companion, SB 1090 by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), included a dedicated revenue source for homeless programs through the Department of Children and Families. While this provision didn’t make it into the final legislation, $4 million is provided for homeless programs in the 2014-2015 state budget. Effective July 1, 2014.


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Reports


Homelessness Data by Florida Realtors' Districts: