We documented 110 total veterans, making up about 8.5% of our homeless population.
8% of our homeless had a substance abuse disorder, 6% had a serious mental illness, and 5% were victims of domestic violence.
218 (~16%) people were staying in an emergency shelter, 332 (25%) were living in transitional housing, and 777 (~58%) were considered “unsheltered”. When asked, “where did you stay last night?” the most reported response (44%) was “a place not meant for habitation”.
246 (18.5%) of people qualified as chronically homeless. There were 21 chronically homeless families.
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The most reported cause of homelessness was “employment/financial reasons”, which was cited twice as often as the next most reported cause: “family problems”. “Housing issues” and “medical reasons” were the third and fourth most reported causes of homelessness, respectively.
(1) Data collected as part if the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act. This data is public domain and can be found here: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/homeless-edu-program.stml
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