Homelessness and Hunger by the Numbers
In its 2014 report, the State of Florida’s Council on Homelessness reported over 1,800 homeless persons in Duval County alone. In the same report surveying homelessness on the streets by county in Florida, St. Johns County reported over 1,400, Clay County reported over 100 and Nassau County reported over 90 homeless persons each. According to these figures, there are over 3,000 homeless persons in Northeast Florida on any given day.
Unfortunately, the numbers are probably higher. The Point-in-Time Count on which these numbers are based is a series of surveys conducted one time each year. Since it is a survey, the results are more of an estimation rather than a precise count. Accordingly, the count does not include homeless persons who were not able to be found on the count day. For example, a homeless person traveling to another area, living in a car or temporarily living in a motel or with others may not have been counted—and these are all known tendencies of some homeless persons.
Additionally, a recent 2014 study by our service partner, Feeding Northeast Florida, reports:
“[A]n estimated 322,300 people in 17 Northeast Florida Counties turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, and 29 percent are children under age 18 and 15 percent are seniors age 60 or older.”
In the end, the numbers of homeless and hungry in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are staggering.
What really helps?
One recommendation of the Council on Homelessness is for communities to continue to support their local continuum of care for homeless services. That includes us!
Trinity Rescue Mission plays a critical role in the continuum of care for homeless services in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. As a member of the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida, Trinity Rescue Mission:
Provides a very large percentage of the total of available emergency shelter beds in Jacksonville.
Operates one of the only facilities capable of providing emergency services to homeless women with children in Jacksonville.
Provides a complete menu of homeless restoration services within one organization, from emergency shelter and meals, to short term programs, to long term addiction recovery, to re-employment and transitional housing.
The problem we face is a huge one numerically, but Trinity Rescue Mission has a vision that we, with you, can make a difference as a community mobilized to transform lives and end hunger and homelessness. Partner with us today to make a real difference on the front lines of fighting hunger and homelessness in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.