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RESOLUTION NO. 2014-002 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF OCOEE, FLORIDA, <br />ENDORSING AND MAKING KNOWN ITS SUPPORT FOR <br />"PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS AT ITS CORE "; <br />PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN <br />EFFECTIVE DATE. <br />WHEREAS, our nation's municipalities are facing untold millions of dollars of tax payer <br />costs to address and respond to homelessness that include constructing emergency shelters, day <br />drop in facilities, transitional housing units, single room occupancy units, case management at <br />various levels, the use of hospital emergency rooms as if they were health clinics, creation and <br />maintenance of parallel homeless court systems and police involvement to deal with "Quality of <br />Life" ordinances e.g. No Sit, No Lie, no panhandling, no feeding, no loitering, no camping etc. <br />ordinances including the creation and enforcement of drug courts, detoxification, treatment <br />facilities, excess reliance on food stamps, excess reliance on general assistance, on Temporary Aid <br />to Needy Families (TANF), Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC); and <br />WHEREAS, our parks and wooded areas have become occupied with people experiencing <br />homelessness thus changing and affecting their intended use for general recreational purposes; and <br />WHEREAS, multiple studies have shown that while 90% of people experiencing <br />homelessness are desirous of work but half of all of these persons are so disabled that they cannot <br />work or even access housing with the federal government stipend (Supplemental Security Income <br />(SSI), presently set nationwide at $710.00 per month, or about $4.22 per hour); and <br />WHEREAS, multiple studies have shown that the other half of all people experiencing <br />homelessness who are capable of work, are unable to obtain and retain base housing even by <br />