Homeless

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Sulzbacher announced Thursday it will be usings its healthmobile, named Health and Hope on Wheels, to vaccinate underserved First Coast communities, including all area homeless shelters. 

A city excavator moves piles of trash at the LaVilla tent tity Tuesday.
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Clad all in black, including a black face mask, a man named Daryl was handing out trash bags to the residents of the tent city that occupies a LaVilla block near Downtown Jacksonville Tuesday morning.

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A group focused on revitalizing Jacksonville’s urban core is addressing development, transportation, and, most recently, homelessness.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida has added resources for expectant mothers who may need a place to stay.  

A Jacksonville homeless encampment on Jefferson St. is pictured.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Residents of a Downtown Jacksonville homeless encampment continue to worry about the future of their makeshift community after a report that the city may ask them to move. 

City Rescue Mission / Via Facebook

The City Rescue Mission serves the homeless and addicted in Downtown Jacksonville, and now participants in one of its programs will have a place to work out.

Outside of the healthmobile, a bus that is supposed to serve the health needs of the homeless community.
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After conducting 679 tests at all of Jacksonville’s homeless service providers, Quest Diagnostics confirmed that no one tested positive for COVID-19. 

shelves with hats and folded t-shirts and sweatshirts
Beth J. Harpaz / AP File photo

If you are using time at home to do some spring cleaning, Jacksonville’s City Rescue Mission is offering to cart off your discarded treasures.

Healthmobile Bus
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A new mobile health bus will be making its rounds around the city with a goal of helping Jacksonville’s homeless population.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

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

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

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.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

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.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

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.

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.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

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.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Downtown Jacksonville is getting more help with its panhandlers and homeless community thanks to a new outreach specialist.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Volunteers will head out in the early morning hours of next Wednesday, January 24, to find people who are living on the streets in Jacksonville and at the beaches.

The Salvation Army

Jacksonville’s homeless shelters are remaining open overnight during this week’s cold snap, offering a warm, safe place to eat and sleep for those in need.

City Rescue Mission

The City Rescue Mission is preparing for this weekend’s cold snap to make sure the homeless have a place to get away from the chilly weather.

The mission will be extending its space to accommodate up to 100 additional people on Saturday and Sunday nights.

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.

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