In Northeast Florida, 325 men and women have been identified with a disabling health condition and are sleeping on our streets, shelters, or other places not meant for human habitation for extended periods of time – sometimes years. Without access to housing people experiencing chronic homelessness cycle in and out of shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, and treatment programs- all at extraordinary public expense. National studies have found that leaving a person in homelessness costs taxpayers as much as $30,000 to $50,000 per year.
Over the next few months Ability Housing will be assisting some of these men and women to move from homelessness into housing.
Ability Housing is asking the community to assist in purchasing Welcome Home kits for these households. Included in the kits are: pillows/bedding/blankets, dishes/kitchenware/eating utensils, plates/cups/bowls, drinking glasses, knife, can opener, pots, frying pan, towel sets, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, shower curtain, toilet paper, plunger, cleaning supplies, mop, broom, trash cans and 24 bus vouchers.
The total cost per move-in kit is $250.00. Simply click on the ‘We Give’ button below to help provide kits.