Updated March 17 1:05 p.m.
On this episode of Redux, we look at poverty on the First Coast.
In Duval County, roughly a third of the families here live on an income lower than what’s known as a “survival budget.”
Then there’s the homeless population on the First Coast, which has grown to more than 3,000, including approximately 2,000 in Jacksonville. We have an open letter from a homeless woman to Mayor Lenny Curry about how the city treats those without shelter.
But, homelessness isn’t exclusive to the urban core. We’ll look at what one organization is doing at the Beaches to help those most in need, help themselves.
We also have an update on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the downtown shipyards project.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have submitted a proposal for redeveloping downtown’s former shipyards property into a mixed-use residential and entertainment district, announced Wednesday During an annual “State of the Franchise” address.
A Jacksonville homeless woman is speaking out about the city’s treatment of those who live without shelter. She recently wrote to Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council.
Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.
Florida State College at Jacksonville is committing to help pay for school for first-time college students seeking an associate's degree. It’s designed to help lower-income students get an associate’s degree without debt.
On “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Mission House Executive Director Lori Delgado Anderson about their mission and work they do to help the homeless at the Beaches.
Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek
CORRECTION: Jacksonville's homeless population should have said about 2,000. The total number of homeless on the First Coast is more than 3,000.