Annual Point in Time Count: A Community Effort
Volunteers gear up for annual census of the homeless

Each year, Changing Homelessness conducts the annual Point-In-Time Count in January, as mandated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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Over 150 volunteers hit the streets starting at 4:30 AM on January 23rd. Volunteers surveyed individuals experiencing homelessness across Duval, Clay, and Nassau Counties. This event provides valuable data on the state of homelessness in our community. Community volunteers had the opportunity to hear the stories of those currently without a home.
On January 15th, panelists Dawn Lockhart (City of Jacksonville), Dawn Gilman (Changing Homelessness), Cindy Funkhouser (Sulzbacher Center), Penny Kievet (City Rescue Mission), and Major Bert Tanner (Salvation Army) discussed homelessness in the urban core. Affordable housing, a new urban rest stop, and faith based care were among the topics discussed. Those living and working in downtown were able to hear about the services available and work that is being done in their neighborhood.
Women in Poverty Panel
In Duval County, 76% Of Single Female-Headed Families...

Nearly one out of every seven women in Florida live in poverty, and that number is even higher in Duval County. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of single-parent families headed by women in Jacksonville are struggling to afford basic needs.

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Changing Homelessness CEO, Dawn Gilman, joined Jacksonville Legal Aid Intake Director Missy Davenport, Northeast Florida Women Veterans President Deloris Quaranta, and Head of Community Impact, Basic Needs at United Way Jeff Winkler for a panel on Women in Poverty. Dawn stated, “There’s also a much more hidden population - usually young, single moms with young kids. And that is something that our shelters were not necessarily built for originally but that we have to figure out how to solve.”

The Northeast Florida Continuum of Care began as a grassroots effort with passionate community and religious leaders guiding the way. And we've made substantial progress.

If you care about homelessness and want to be a part of the solution, please join us.

The general membership meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday. Our next meeting is February 14th. We will be meeting at the Urban Rest Stop ( 811 East Adams Street) for the February meeting only. We will be back at First United Methodist in March. Parking for the Urban Rest Stop is available one block away on Bay Street, directly across the street from the jail parking lot and Maxwell House.

You can learn more about CoC Membership here.
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