Homeless

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

For many of Jacksonville’s homeless, Wednesday was their Thanksgiving. It’s when City Rescue Mission downtown serves up a holiday feast for an estimated 1,200 people in need.


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Veteran homelessness has dropped 80 percent in Jacksonville since 2009, that’s according to a new report from nonprofit Changing Homelessness.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army kicks off its annual Red Kettle campaign in Duval County Friday.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

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.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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.

Wendy Jenkins was spending Thursday morning at Hemming Park. It’s where she normally goes after waking up and then again after breakfast at Clara White Mission. She used to stay in shelters but said they feel like prison.


The City Rescue Mission’s New Life Inn shelter hosted a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday for Jacksonville’s homeless. Between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., more than 1,000 people were expected to be fed.

Around 100 volunteers from all over Jacksonville worked to provide the meals. Some even cooked the turkeys over the weekend.

“We are privileged to get to serve what we call our ‘invisible neighbors’ on the street,” said City Rescue Mission Executive Director Penny Kievet. “About 120 turkeys, actually 123 to be exact, were cooked for today.”

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Ability Housing and the Sulzbacher Center are formally partnering to better help the city’s chronically homeless.

Ability Housing provides apartments and affordable homes to nearly 300 homeless or disabled people in Jacksonville.  

City Rescue Mission

With overnight temperatures hovering above freezing this week, Jacksonville’s City Rescue Mission homeless shelter is adding beds.

Village on Wiley homes
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville nonprofit Ability Housing says public housing for the homeless is a good way to use public resources.

Ability Housing provides homes for people who don't have them. Executive Director Shannon Nazworth says when people are living on the streets they’re costing the state more than when they’re housed, mainly in emergency room visits and prison stays.

 


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

As many people are preparing to travel home for the holidays, some Jacksonville residents still don’t have homes.

One advocacy group is helping ensure the city’s homeless aren't forgotten on Christmas.


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