Housing is Healthcare
Jax Study: Supportive Housing Helps Low-Income,...

The findings of a study in Jacksonville released Thursday show that affordable housing benefits not only those struggling with chronic homelessness and housing insecurity, but also the communities those people live in.

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The Solution That Saves is a state wide intiative that began two years ago in three counties including Duval. The initiative sought to examine the impact of moving people off the street and into permanent supportive housing.

The results from the Duval County year two initiative were released yesterday. The findings revealed a 30% savings to the community.
On August 28th, nearly 100 volunteers observed and interview over 315 people that identified as homeless. The results from the Surge were released this month.

Since 2009 there are:
27% fewer people who are homeless
81% fewer Veterans who are homeless
57% fewer people who are chronically homeless

Unfortunately, the same is not true for youth.
Youth Homelessness Numbers Continue to Rise
Youth Homelessness has dramatically increased in the past couple of years. Over the past four years, the total number of youth who are homeless has gone up by 31 percent, while the number of youth 18 to 24 years old increased by 37.5 percent.

As we compiled the results from the August Surge we found that there has been a staggering 145% increase in the number of youth experiencing homelessness from August 2017 to August 2018. Youth is the fasting growing sub population without a home in our community.

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 at the First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall at 225 East Duval Street, 8:30 to 10:00 am. Our next meeting is December 13th.

You can learn more about CoC Membership here.
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