“Since becoming operational in September 2013, we have helped nearly 85% of our families obtain housing in an average length of stay of 32 days. We provide aftercare case management to ensure that once a family is housed, that they remain housed.”
Council on Homeless 2016 Report
2016 One Day and Night Count Results
On one day and one night in January 2016, local communities counted 33,502 persons who were living on the street or in an emergency shelter. This data covers all 27 Continuums of Care across the state. The 2016 count reflects a decrease of 2,398 homeless persons, a reduction of 6.7 percent. In raw numbers, Florida is ranked third
nationally in numbers of homeless persons, behind New York and California. For school year 2013-2014, Florida’s public schools identified 71,446 students as homeless. During the 2014 2015 school year that number increased to 73,417. This includes families that have lost their housing and are staying with family and friends.
- Nationally and in Florida, over 30% of those experiencing homelessness are female;
- Employment/Financial problems are the basis for more than 40% of homelessness;
- In Florida, Veteran’s homelessness decreased from 16.3% to 9.7%.
HOMELESS PEOPLE BY COUNTY: Source: 2016 Point-in-Time Count, Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness
Age Range of Homeless
|Age Ranges||Number of Persons||2014%||2015%||2016%|
|18 – 24||2,566||8.80%||7.1%||5.8%|
|24 – 60||24,677||64.80%||68.1%||68.4%|
Homeless Students Reported in Florida Public Schools by Florida County
Who is counted as Homeless?
The intent is to identify those men, women and children who meet HUD’s definition of a
homeless person. This is limited to:
- Those living in a publicly or privately operated shelter providing temporary living
- Those persons whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not
intended to be used as an accommodation for human beings, such as: a car, park,
abandoned building or campground;
- A person who is exiting from an institution, where he or she lived for 90 days or less,
and who was otherwise homeless immediately prior to entering that institution;
- (4) A person who is fleeing from a domestic violence situation;
- A person who will lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days, where no
subsequent dwelling has been found and the individual lacks the resources to obtain
Who is not counted as homeless?
- Persons residing in permanent supportive housing programs, such as rental
- Persons living in emergency shelters and temporary housing that is not dedicated to
serving the homeless, such as alcohol detox centers;
- Individuals and families temporarily staying with family or friends due to the loss of
their own housing or economic reasons (doubled up or sofa surfing).
- Persons living in permanent housing with assistance from a government program.
The count is undertaken on a single day and night.