SARASOTA COUNTY — A new survey reveals more than 400 families with nearly 800 children are homeless — or on the brink of being so — in Sarasota County.
The survey was a conducted by a group of representatives from the Sarasota Family YMCA’s Schoolhouse Link Program, Salvation Army, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Family Promise, Resurrection House, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and other organizations. Ellen McLaughlin, Schoolhouse Link program director and homeless liaison for Sarasota County Schools, said the group collected data on families and youth identified as homeless or at imminent risk of being so in Sarasota County since school started this year, a period from Aug. 20 to Oct. 20.
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