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Turning Points

A female and male volunteer with clipboards of surveys for the Point-In-Time Count.
Cathy Carter / WUSF Public Media

People are lined up at 'Our Daily Bread' food pantry in Bradenton, and Maureen Mack of Turning Points, a local non-profit that helps the homeless, is giving directions to a group of volunteers for the annual Point-in-Time Count.

In military language, a Stand Down is period of time when combat troops can rest.

But for the homeless veterans community, Stand Down events are an opportunity to receive creature comforts and critical social services.

Downtown Bradenton in Manatee County.
Manatee County Government

Housing prices and rents continue to rise across Florida. Thursday, a group of community leaders and advocates gathered in Bradenton to discuss Manatee County's ongoing affordable housing crunch at an event sponsored by the Manatee Tiger Bay Club.

Nationwide, an average wage earner would need to spend 32.7 percent of his or her income to buy a median-priced home. But for Manatee residents, that figure is 46.3 percent.