There's no silver bullet ...Today's Orlando Sentinel urges communities across Central Florida to work together on solutions to the homeless quandry. Read the editorial here.
I agree that there's no silver bullet and that the entire Central Florida community needs to work together. But the problem is even bigger than the Sentinel's numbers suggest.
The Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Homelessness estimates (in its 2006 report) that there are 6,500 homeless people in Orange County, 1,300 in Osceola, 1,500 in Seminole and 1,600 in Brevard.
Florida law (Section 420.621(4)) defines "homeless" as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter, an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
That definition -- and therefore the estimate -- does not include "sofa surfers" (people who are sleeping on a friend's sofa) or people staying in a motel.