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FEATURE Apartment Industry Aims to Provide Housing for Homeless Families by Bobby Davis, Editor Did you know that one-third of our nation’s homeless children live in Florida? This was the question Lori Trainer and other FAA colleagues asked Congressional staffers while visiting with them in Washington, D.C., on March 14. The majority of the people with whom the group spoke were shocked by that staggering fact. “It was a nice change to share the good that Florida landlords were doing with lawmakers, a sharp contrast to the traditional Capitol Hill visit,” Lori said. “What better way to use power for good than to leverage empty apartments in an effort change the lives of homeless families? We as landlords have what I like to call ‘empty airline seats.’ As hard as we try, most of us will never be 100% full with a waiting list. Our ‘plane’ is flying; why not offer that empty ‘seat’ to a homeless family and change their lives?” The Council on Homelessness estimates that about 60,000 Floridians are homeless, with maybe 10,000 in the Orlando area, and that Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of homeless people. Orlando and St. Petersburg rank in the top 10 cities with the most homeless. The Great Recession, lack of access to inexpensive healthcare and rising prices for food, fuel MultifamilyFLORIDA l SPRING 2012 l 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2012

President’s Message
Legislative Update
Florida Apartment Industry Makes an Impact in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.
Caution: Spring Might Bring Killer Bees to Your Community
How to Avoid Over-Insuring Your Apartment Property
Superior Property Management: Do You Know What It Looks Like?
Apartment Industry Aims to Provide Housing for Homeless Families
Product/Service Council Directory
Index to Advertisers/

Multifamily Florida - Spring 2012