Northeast Florida has seen a 27 percent drop in the number of homeless since 2009, according to a recent count that was done in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties.
Perhaps even more encouraging is there were 81 percent fewer homeless veterans, according to the Changing Homelessness report. But the news wasn’t all good. The number of homeless families rose from 22 to 24 percent.
On Wednesday’s First Coast Connect Dawn Gilman, the CEO of Changing Homelessness joined us with a look at the statistics and what’s working.
Going Green: Living Shorelines
Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting more Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for living shorelines to help improve water quality, support fisheries and also protect against storms and rising seas.
Unlike traditional methods like building bulkheads or seawalls, living shorelines incorporate natural protective elements. Materials can range from such things as sand and wetland plans to oyster reefs or submerged aquatic vegetation.
Our panel that explained the movement, benefits and components of the trend were:
Mike Shirley, Director of the GTM Reserve
John Upton, Features Journalist at Climate Central
Christine Angelini, Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.
Squat For Change
It all started with a Jacksonville father just trying to change his son’s diaper in a men’s restroom.
Donte Palmer sparked a worldwide social media movement when his older son snapped a picture of Palmer squatting on the floor to change his younger son’s diaper because the men’s room didn’t have a changing station.
Palmer joined us with a look at how the #squatforchange movement took off and where it’s going as awareness is raised about the lack of changing tables in many men’s restrooms.