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Advocates: Homelessness Extends Beyond Jacksonville's Downtown

Northside Business Leaders

Advocates for Jacksonville's homeless population say it’s a complicated problem that goes beyond the city's urban core.As city officials look to beef up downtown attractions, they’re also trying to figure out how to better serve the needs of homeless people who often tends to congregate in places like Hemming Plaza.

A meeting of city stakeholders was held earlier this week to look at the issues with another set to be scheduled in January.

Dawn Gilman, executive director of the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville, joined Melissa Ross to discuss homelessness and downtown development.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.