Homeless

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

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

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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.
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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