Facts and Figures

Homelessness in Palm Beach County
 
According to the 2015 homeless Point-in-Time Count:
  • 1,421 individuals and families are homeless on any given day in Palm Beach County.
  • 9% reduction in homeless individuals from 2013 count
 
Statistics on Student/Youth Homelessness in PBC
  • 3,702 students were identified as homeless within the Palm Beach County School District in May 2016
  • Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation.
  • The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7 
 
Youth Homelessness, Nationally
 
Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.
 
Florida ranks 33 out of 50 for how we address child homelessness.
 
Major causes of child homelessness in the U.S. include:
  • Poverty rate;
  • Lack of affordable housing 
  • Racial disparities;
  • Challenges of single parenting 
  • Traumatic experiences: ie. domestic violence, child abuse 
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Un-Affordable Housing
 
  • 42% of Palm Beach County residents make less than $32,650 a year.
  • At $8.05 per hour, a minimum wage worker, working full time can afford to pay $418.59 in rent monthly.
  • The average two-bedroom apartment rents for $1,370
  • A one bedroom aparment rents for $1,093 
  • More than 150,000 Palm Beach County residents are considered cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing. For many others housing exceeds 50% of their income.
 
 
 
*Source: Fair Market Rental Information for Fiscal Year 2017
 
 
 
Sub-population Spotlight : Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and transgender
 
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless as well as when they are trying to avoid homelessness. 
 
Frequently, homeless LGBT persons have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are particularly at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance.
  • 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT [Williams Institute, 2012]
  • 43% of clients served by drop-in centers identified as LGBT
  • 30% of street outreach clients identified as LGBT
  • 30% of clients utilizing housing programs identified as LGBT

Spotlights

Help Feed the Homeless

Just The Facts

Rental Prices are up 10% Across Palm Beach County
 
 
The School District of Palm Beach County Reports
3,702 students are homeless.
 
 

Current Needs

  • Diapers all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilette Paper
  • Toiletries (Full size items for Children & Adults)
  • Non-Perishable Food items
  • Men's Shoes
  • Men's Shirts (Dress)
  • Men's Pants (Dress & Casual)
  • Men's Belts
  • Household cleaning products (Brooms, mops, dust pans, dusters, multi-purpose cleaner, dish soap, laundry soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets, trash bags, paper towels
  • Dishes
  • Pots & Pans
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen Utensils (can openers, etc.)
  • Small appliances (Coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, etc.)
  • Wallets

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