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Seminole County leaders discuss solutions to homelessness

Seminole County Leaders Discuss Solutions To Homelessness

Community leaders met Thursday to talk about ways to help the homeless in Seminole County. The Symposium at Harvest Time International brought together leaders from government, the faith community and the non-profit sector. Central Florida Commission on Homelessness CEO Shelley Lauten said one of the challenges is making it easier for the homeless to get access to care.

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Intersection: State of homelessness in Seminole County

Intersection: State of Homelessness in Seminole County

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness has taken a housing first approach, trying to get families into homes so they can get the services they need. How's that strategy playing out in Seminole County? County Commissioner John Horan and Shelley Lauten and Joel Hunter from the Commission on Homelessness discuss the way forward.

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Northland church Pastor Joel Hunter trades pulpit for nonprofit to aid homeless

Northland church Pastor Joel Hunter trades pulpit for nonprofit to aid homeless

Joel Hunter has been one of Central Florida's foremost religious leaders, synonymous for more than three decades with Longwood's evangelical megachurch Northland, A Church Distributed. But within the next couple of months, Hunter, 69, plans to step down from the calling he once thought he would devote the rest of his life to and start a new ministry for the poor and homeless.

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Orlando Sentinel Snapshot: Pulse nightclub shooting: One year later we focus on victims, survivors, faith, preservation and the community

Opioid epidemic: Central Florida leaders confront rise in overdoses

Daniel Kelsey, 32, and Heather Kelsey, 30, were found dead on the side of I-4 near DeLand, their three sons were buckled into their SUV with its engine still running. The two died from lethal doses of fentanyl, a drug that is at least 50 times stronger than heroin.

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50 Most Powerful 2017: Philanthropy & Community Voices

50 Most Powerful 2017: Philanthropy & Community Voices

By Jim Leusner & Barry Glenn With Contributions by Dan Tracy, Cheri Henderson, Peter Kerasotis and Michael McLeod Joel Hunter Roberto Gonzalez 1. Joel Hunter Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed In Hunter's 32 years as Northland's pastor, the nondenominational Longwood-based church has grown from 200 worshipers to more than 20,000 taking part locally and worldwide, including congregations in Oviedo, Eustis and multitudes via the Web.

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New Census Shows 29 Percent Increase In Central Florida Homeless Population

New Census Shows 29 Percent Increase In Central Florida Homeless Population

This past January, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, along with the most expansive participating number of organizations and volunteers to date, conducted Central Florida's annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. The PIT Count, an actual physical count of homeless individuals, serves as an annual gauge to capture the number of persons or families in a community who meet the federal definition of homeless, as defined by the U.S.

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