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Gov't Struggles To Relocate Unaccompanied Migrant Kids in Fla.

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By    |   Friday, 23 August 2019 03:42 PM

The federal government has struggled to find a suitable location to house a permanent shelter for about 500 unaccompanied migrant children in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is searching for a suitable building in a large part of Central Florida near Walt Disney World, a location that includes most of Orlando, all of Seminole County, most of Orange and Lake counties and portions of Osceola, Sumter and Polk counties, according to the Sentinel. Despite talks between brokers and Orlando’s planning office, no properties have been agreed to, according to a spokesperson for the city’s mayor.

The government is looking for a building around 100,000 square feet with 125 bedroom that they can move into by November 2020, according to a listing by the General Services Administration.

“Care will be provided 24 hours a day/seven days a week by 500 staff,” the listing states. “The shelter will require child bedrooms/sleeping areas, child bathrooms, classrooms, indoor recreation/multipurpose areas, medical, dining/food service, administrative and support space. Approximately 2 acres of exterior space shall be provided for outdoor recreation areas.”

HHS informed state lawmakers and mayors of the search in a letter last month, with the Office of Refugee Resettlement noting a "dramatic increase in referrals of (unaccompanied children) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this Fiscal Year and continues to operate in emergency influx mode.”

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The federal government has struggled to find a suitable location to house a permanent shelter for about 500 unaccompanied migrant children in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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