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Updated: 11/21/2013 10:54:01AM

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National homelessness expert Dr. Robert Marbut has suggested that Sarasota County build a South County Family Village that would serve area homeless families at the site of the former Lemon Bay Garden Apartments on North Elm Street in Englewood.


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SARASOTA COUNTY — National homelessness expert Dr. Robert Marbut has recommended that a family village for homeless families in South Sarasota County be built in Englewood, according to a report released Wednesday.

Marbut, a San Antonio, Texas-based consultant brought in by the county and the city of Sarasota to study the area’s growing homelessness issue, has been working on the report since August and has met with more than 250 people and organizations that serve the homeless. Marbut recently said that Englewood leads the county in homeless families, followed closely by North Port and Nokomis. According to a Sarasota Family YMCA survey used in Marbut’s report, more than 400 families with nearly 800 children are homeless — or on the brink of being so — in Sarasota County.

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