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Old 11-30-2006, 09:57 PM
Location: Living in Paradise
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Originally Posted by Christian11 View Post
Are you surprised? People lose their homes as they live paycheck to paycheck and if they get laid off, they can be homeless overnight.

That is what happens you are overstreched, trying to buy a place somehwre you know you cannot afford. To the middle class, this means FL is not for you.

This is sad, man. I feel bad for the homeless.

I do work with the church a program to aid homeless individuals. This is a sensitive topic to understand because we have found many people taking advantage of local programs and they are not homeless. But I rather leave this alone and everyone can view it as they desire.
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Old 12-01-2006, 06:54 AM
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The homeless in Florida didn't lose their homes to high taxes; or high insurance. And it has nothing to do with the cost of homes.

The homeless in Florida are here for one reason. Because it is warm here in the winter. And, the winter climate above the panhandle runs from just "painful" to "certain death" for people who can't escape the frigid weather. They flock here in the winter and leave in the late spring. I would think this is fairly obvious. Well, I think its obvious to the people who live in Florida. Those who live in Colorado and like to do nothing more than complain about Florida on this board might have a difficult time understanding this.

[PS: watch when the Denverites will soon be complaining about the problems that the huge number of Californians flocking to that state have/will have caused.]
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:26 AM
Location: Central Florida
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I wholeheartedly agree!
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:37 AM
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Yes, well said, Pritchard!! I live in the San Diego area and we have many homeless here, too, since the weather is so mild. I didn't see a lot of homeless people when I lived in Indiana, but it also got extremely cold there, at times, too.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:54 AM
Location: Greenwich, CT
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Good point Prichard. If I had the bad fortune to find myself homeless I would certainly follow the warm weather. It's not a reflection on Florida's taxes, which is kind of a silly summation since FL's taxes are still exceptionally low compared to some states.
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Old 12-02-2006, 11:43 AM
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I know people that buy cars that cost $20,000-$30,000. Their annual income might only be $40,000-$60,000. They are buying cars worth half their annual income. It is not all the governments fault that people live paycheck to paycheck. Too many poeple are not willing to take financial responsibilty and live beyond their means. I work with people complaining they are broke yet their car is newer than my car and a better model, plus I make more money than most of them. I really don't mean to be a downer but a reality check is in order. There is good and bad in all situations. I am just trying to be more objective.
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