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Gainesville community reaches out to homeless families


With unemployment rates over 10% and the continuing volume of house foreclosures displacing families, about 50,000 school-aged children went without homes, food, access to health care and educational opportunities last year in the sunshine state. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the crisis of family homelessness growing in Gainesville, claiming more victims with no place to live.

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Rosalie Sherman (left) and Doug Ashcraft, who live together at the Sweetwater Branch homeless camp, discuss their plans for the future after receiving a notice to vacate the camp by Oct. 10. “This is our home,” Sherman said, crying. “This is the only home we knew." (Michaela Steakley/WUFT News)

Residents Of Gainesville Homeless Camp Face Eviction

Residents of the camp near the intersection of Southwest Williston Road and Southwest 16th Avenue received a notice on Sept. 26 to vacate, and they have until Oct. 10 to leave.