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Updated: 11/20/2013 12:54:01PM

Expert: Build shelter for homeless families 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 County be built in Englewood, according to a report released Wednesday by Sarasota County.

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 over 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 YMCA survey that was used in Marbut’s report, there are more than 400 families with nearly 800 children are homeless — or on the brink of being so — in Sarasota County.

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