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The winter solstice on Saturday, Dec. 21, marks the turning point when the days start getting longer and nights get shorter.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Jacksonville will open its cold night shelter at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, for the first 60 people to arrive.

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Changing Homelessness is looking for more volunteers to help with its upcoming summer homeless census.

The Sheltering Tree in Bunnell.
The Sheltering Tree

The Bunnell City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to uphold a decision to shut down Flagler County’s only cold-weather homeless shelter.

City Rescue Mission

For those without a place to cool off during the day, the City Rescue Mission in Downtown Jacksonville is offering homeless residents respite from the afternoon sun, heat and humidity. 

The Jaxson: Is A Dog Park The Right Move For Downtown?

Apr 10, 2019
The Jaxson

Is public input really being considered as downtown Jacksonville is developed? The following is a commentary from WJCT News partner The Jaxson:

As the Main Street Pocket Park is poised to become a dog park, we have to ask: is simply repeating the mistakes of the past really a wise use of taxpayer money?

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Jacksonville is opening a center that will provide services during the day to homeless people. 

Life Builders Program "students" Hilliard and Michelle making chocolate at City Rescue Mission.
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City Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that serves the homeless and addicted in Jacksonville, is now selling chocolate to help offset the costs of its free programs thanks to a generous donation.

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Volunteers around the country were out before dawn Wednesday — counting heads and asking questions as part of the annual Point-in-Time Count.

Left to right: Jacksonville Legal Aid Intake Director Missy Davenport, Northeast Florida Women Veterans President Deloris Quaranta, Changing Homelessness President/CEO Dawn Gilman and Head of Community Impact, Basic Needs at United Way Jeff Winkler.
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Nearly one out of every seven women in Florida live in poverty, and that number is even higher in Duval County. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of single-parent families headed by women in Jacksonville are struggling to afford basic needs.

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Jacksonville has the state’s highest rate of registered sex offenders or predators without a permanent address.

City Rescue Mission

With nighttime temperatures expected to dip below 40 degrees, Jacksonville’s homeless shelters are making plans to provide cold weather protection for people who need a warm place to stay.

Left to Right: Councilmembers Bill Gulliford, Terrance Freeman and Ju'Coby Pittman discussing homelessness in Jacksonville.
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City Council members attending a Thursday meeting agree more affordable housing options are needed to help fight homelessness in Jacksonville, but funding development projects could be difficult.

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is partnering with the Sulzbacher Center to help homeless women dress for success.

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The latest point-in-time count found the number of people living on the streets in Jacksonville is around 400. That’s in the winter.