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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. givegologo

Over the next few months Ability Housing will be assisting some of these men and women to move from homelessness into housing.

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Wayne Densch Center to get new life helping homeless

Lead Letter: Progress Made but Homelessness Challenges Loom

By Ability Housing CEO

Tue, 10 May 2016, 04:07 PM

A new report shows progress and challenges, both nationally and in Florida, in combating homelessness.

Last month, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released “The State of Homelessness in America,” an annual report compiling data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to examine trends in homelessness and at-risk populations.

Nationally, homelessness is down 2 percent from 2014 to 2015; Duval County saw even greater headway with a 9.5 percent decrease in homelessness.

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