Taken in 2008 working with the East Naples community police, Cpl. Mike Nelson has been the unofficial homeless liaison with the Collier County Sheriff's Office for seven of his 10 years. Of the 390 homeless people in Collier County this year, according to Nelson, he knows of four that prefer a life drunkenly spent in the woods. The remaining are either one of the 50 people on a waiting list for St. Matthew's House in East Naples, or seeking shelter somewhere in the community. Garrett Hubbard/staff

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Taken in 2008 working with the East Naples community police, Cpl. Mike Nelson has been the unofficial homeless liaison with the Collier County Sheriff's Office for seven of his 10 years. Of the 390 homeless people in Collier County this year, according to Nelson, he knows of four that prefer a life drunkenly spent in the woods. The remaining are either one of the 50 people on a waiting list for St. Matthew's House in East Naples, or seeking shelter somewhere in the community. Garrett Hubbard/staff

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