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That same hospital stay birthed another out-of-the-box idea. Bob came to realize that many of the health care workers struggled to afford to live here. After a bit of his own research, he learned that in Sarasota county in 2014, there were 175,000 separate housing units—“everything from trailers to mansions.” But 56,000 were single occupancies. “There’s got to be a lot of empty bedrooms, right?” And the only way the hospital had of helping workers find housing situations was a bulletin board. So Bob and John Annis are helping to launch a pilot program to be administered by the Senior Friendship Center where people who work at the hospital can stay in an unused room in return for rent, service, companionship, or some combination of those things. “If we could get just 2% of those 56,000 single occupancy housing units occupied by somebody, we’d get 1,000 rooms!” Bob says. “That’s a lot of low-income people who would have affordable housing.” Bob and Willa became Florida residents in 2006 and moved into the Sarasota Bay Club two years ago, but they didn’t move there to kick back and take it easy. They’re as busy as ever. Their secret to success? “Because we have a good marriage and we work together,” Bob explains. “It makes a huge difference. Respect your partner. Help your partner. How you deal with things after the rush of hormones wears off is what makes a good marriage.” They’ve been married for 68 years so far, and though Willa jokes that they’d like a few more grandchildren, they seem as happy as ever. Bob adds, “I’ve got good health, two terrific daughters, and a good marriage. And that’s a true blessing.”
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