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Collier Homeless Count Adds Category for Seniors

Ed Yourdon
An older homeless man sits on a bench in Verdi Square in New York City.

Every year, the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County conducts what’s called a Point in Time Count to get a snapshot of the number of people in the county who are facing homelessness.

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Last month, Gulf Coast Live looked broadly at the latest numbers in both Collier and Lee counties. One thing that came out of that conversation was the fact that Collier had added a new category to its 2018 count.


Christine Welton is the executive director of the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County. She returns to Gulf Coast Live to talk more in depth about the addition of a category that counts the number of senior citizens who have nowhere to live.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.