Vacant houses outnumber homeless people in U.S.There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA.
About 3.5 million people in the nation are homeless while, at the same time, 18.5 million vacant homes stand vacant.
Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around 8 million homes.
In boom-and-bust Metro Orlando, the number of vacant houses and apartments jumped by more than 80,000 during the past decade, according to U.S. census figures. The number of vacant homes in the four-county Orlando metropolitan area rose from 58,303 to 143,867.
On a typical night in metro Orlando, about 4,515 people are homeless, according to the 2011 Point-in-Time count.
Read Amnesty International's blog post here and the Orlando Sentinel's report here.