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Help the Homeless


Finding a place to call home

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.

Advocacy Initiatives and Awards

Realtors Believe Tour

The 2014 Florida Realtors leadership team spent two months traveling the state and conducting meetings at each of our 13 districts to advocate, engage and collaborate with all of our members. Their goal was to raise awareness about the homelessness problem in our state. Mission accomplished!  

The tour brought attention to real estate advocacy efforts and provided direction to our local Boards so that we can ensure that “Housing Matters” becomes more than just a slogan.

Florida Realtors earns national recognition  

July 2015 - Ragan Communications announced that Florida Realtors.received honorable mention as a national finalist in the category of Best Advocacy/Awareness Campaign for Helping the Homeless: Realtors Believe, and as a national finalist in the category of Best Community-Nonprofit Partnership, also for Helping the Homeless: Realtors Believe Tour. Read more here.



Public Policy Initiatives

Florida Realtors 2014 President Sherri Meadows made homelessness a priority, and during her tenure, 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.

Local Initiatives:Read more


Reports and Resources

Homelessness Data by Florida Realtors' Districts: