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Report: Northeast Florida homelessness numbers down, affordable housing still limited

  |  May 18, 2019

The overall number of homeless people in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties has dropped 32 percent over the last 10 years, with dramatic decreases in veteran and chronic homelessness, according to a recent report from the lead homelessness-prevention agency for the three counties.

The overall number of homeless people in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties has dropped 32 percent over the last 10 years, with dramatic decreases in veteran and chronic homelessness, according to a recent report from the lead homelessness-prevention agency for the three counties.

Jacksonville-based Changing Homelessness cited collaboration among area social service agencies, national nonprofits and government support as key factors in the improvement. Because of those ongoing efforts, the veteran homeless population likely will reach “functional zero” — with capacity in place to house every homeless veteran who comes along within 30 days — by the end of 2019.

Advocates are “persistent and optimistic,” said Dawn Gilman, the nonprofit’s CEO.

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